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4 Dead, Up To 15 Injured After Dragster Hits Bystanders At A Charity Show

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SELMER, Tenn. (AP) _ A vehicle drag racing at a car show lost control and spun into a crowd of bystanders on Saturday, killing four people and injuring up to 15, authorities said.

Investigators were trying to determine what caused the vehicle to careen into the crowd at the Cars for Kids charity event in Selmer, located about 80 miles east of Memphis.

Scott Henley, of Selmer, witnessed the accident and said the vehicle started burning off its tires, then began to fishtail and slammed into a light pole before spinning around into the audience.

Selmer Police Chief Neal Burks said, ``bodies were flying into the air when it happened.''

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said authorities did not know how many people had been brought to area hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

He said the vehicle has been described as a drag racing car, but he did not have more details yet about the vehicle.

Cars for Kids holds several events throughout the nation and raises close to $200,000 per year for charities that help children in need, according to the charity's Web site.

About 40,000 to 60,000 people were expected to attend the weekend event in Selmer.
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