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Desert Racing Suspended for Company Involved in Fatal Event, Senators Quiz Federal Agency
Emergency workers look at an off-highway vehicle that lost control and barreled into a crowd of spectators on Saturday
The federal agency that permitted a race that ended in eight deaths has suspended the company from producing more events while an investigation takes place. The move comes a day after both California senators questioned the Bureau of Land Management in a joint letter.
"What makes this accident even more troubling is that with proper precautions, it could have been prevented," Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein wrote. On Saturday evening at the California 200 in the Lucerne Valley, a truck lost control and plowed into a crowd killing eight people. "It is unclear what medical personnel were present on site, and it took rescue crews more than half an hour to reach the remote location," they continued.
Questions that the Senators want answered expeditiously included ones about safety measure required by permits, on-site supervision by federal employees, enforcement of permit violations during events, penalties for violations and data on safety and violations.
Other races on BLM land in California will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but there's no word for BLM races in other states like Nevada where the Vegas to Reno race occurs this weekend. About 100 off-road races on BLM lands across the country are permitted every year.