Sri Lankan Racing Car Crashes into Spectators, Killing 7 and Injuring Over 20

Tragic accident at Sri Lanka's Fox Hill Super Cross 2024 race leaves 7 dead, 20 injured as a racing car veers off track and crashes into spectators, raising safety concerns in the racing community.

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Sri Lankan Racing Car Crashes into Spectators, Killing 7 and Injuring Over 20

Sri Lankan Racing Car Crashes into Spectators, Killing 7 and Injuring Over 20

A tragic accident occurred at the Fox Hill Super Cross 2024 racing event in Diyatalawa, Sri Lanka on Sunday, April 21, 2024. A racing car veered off the track and crashed into a crowd of spectators and race officials, resulting in the deaths of 7 people and injuring over 20 others.

The incident happened during the 17th out of 24 scheduled events at the race, which was organized by the Sri Lankan army and Sri Lanka Automobile Sports. About 45,000 spectators had gathered at the race circuit located at a Sri Lankan military academy.

According to eyewitness accounts, during one of the car races, a vehicle bearing the number '71' overturned, prompting race marshals to signal a caution with yellow flags. Tragically, another car then lost control and careened into a group of spectators.

The Sri Lanka Police have confirmed the deaths of a young 8-year-old girl and six adults, including four race officials. Another 21 people suffered injuries in the crash, with three of them in critical condition. The deceased were from the Avissawella, Matara, Akuressa, and Seeduwa regions of Sri Lanka.

Police Media Spokesman DIG Nihal Thalduwa stated that the racing car had veered off the track and collided with the spectators. Police have launched an investigation into the accident to determine the cause of the crash.

Why this matters: The deadly accident at the Fox Hill Super Cross 2024 event has sent shockwaves through the Sri Lankan racing community and raised concerns about safety measures at such high-speed competitions. The tragedy also comes on the five-year anniversary of the devastating Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka in 2019, which killed nearly 270 people.

After the incident, the rest of the races at the event were cancelled. "The race was suspended after the accident, which occurred during the 17th out of 24 scheduled events," said a police spokesperson. The condition of the driver involved in the crash has not been confirmed. The Diyatalawa Police are conducting further investigations into this tragic incident as the nation mourns the loss of lives.

Key Takeaways

  • Tragic accident at Fox Hill Super Cross 2024 in Sri Lanka, 7 killed, 20 injured
  • Race car veered off track, crashed into spectators and officials during 17th event
  • Victims included an 8-year-old girl and 6 adults from different regions of Sri Lanka
  • Police investigating cause of crash, rest of races at event were cancelled
  • Tragedy comes 5 years after 2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka