Mud race crash kills one, puts two in critical condition from Texas crowd

June 14 (UPI) -- One person is dead, two are in critical condition and five others sustained injuries after a race truck plowed into spectators at a mud racing event in Texas, the El Paso County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

The incident occurred at 6:30 p.m. MDT Sunday in Fabens, near the U.S.-Mexico border. The sheriff's office said that three people were in critical condition Sunday, but confirmed Monday that 21-year-old Willie Valadez Ramirez was pronounced dead at a local hospital.


Two people remain in critical, but stable, condition. The five other injured spectators sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

"The preliminary investigation revealed one of the vehicles, due to unknown reasons, left the mud-track striking and breaking through a guard rail," the sheriff's office said, adding that the vehicle also hit three others.

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After being briefed by El Paso Police Department chief Tom Whitten, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told ABC-7 that 29 people were injured in the crash, including the three in critical condition.

Video of crash aftermath posted on social media shows smashed tents and chairs in a row of parked cars setup in a tailgate area where the incident occurred.


Additional social media footage shows the responsible vehicle in the race as it loses control in the mud and spins sideways. The car then slams head first into several fans who were standing and sitting along a nearby guardrail.

Bystanders raced to the scene to assist before multiple ambulances and a medevac helicopter arrived and transported the injured people to the hospital.

Sheriff's Office Special Traffic Investigators continue to investigate the incident.

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