Fabens, Texas – A man was killed and seven others were injured when a vehicle crashed into a guardrail and crashed into crowds during a mud race in Texas. Sheriff investigators confirmed Monday morning that Willie Valadez Ramirez, 21, died at a local hospital, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department said.
The crash happened around 6:30 p.m. Sunday at a race track in Fabens, Texas, about 40 miles southeast of El Paso and less than a mile from the Mexican border, authorities said.
The sheriff’s office said two victims remained in critical but stable condition and five people suffered non-life threatening injuries.
âToday what happened was what we all hoped wouldn’t happenâ¦ a wreckage during the race,â said Scott Smith, owner of Rock Solid Protection, an El Paso-based security company. Smith, speaking at a press conference, said that “mud can sometimes tell the car where to go” and that’s what he says happened in that crash.
Karla Huerta, who was watching the race when it got tragic, described the scene as “pretty ugly”.
âWell, they started the race. And when they started, one of the trucks lost control and hit a bunch of cars and people,â Huerta said.
Three other vehicles were also struck as a result of the initial crash, the statement said. It was not immediately clear what prompted the vehicle to leave the runway.
Police said an investigation was still ongoing.