Tennessee Parade Crash Claims Six Lives

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Selmer, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Selmer, Tennessee, now say
six people died after a drag-racing car went out of control and careened into a crowd of spectators.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman says the fatalities include two 15-year-old girls and a 17-year-old girl. The accident injured 18 others, including a five-year-old boy.

Authorities have identified the driver as pro drag racer Troy
Warren Critchley, an Australian who is now based in Wylie, Texas.
He suffered minor injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for

No criminal charges have been brought against Critchley.

The crash occurred Saturday night during an "exhibition burnout." That's when a driver spins his tires to make them smoke.

The accident took place at the Cars for Kids charity event in Selmer, located about 80 miles east of Memphis.

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