Federal authorities revoke off-road racing permits after deadly crash

An off-road race called “Return to the Desert”… won’t. The Labor Day weekend event is one of several a federal agency halted when it revoked permits today.

The action followed the death of eight spectators when a truck crashed into them in the Mojave Desert last weekend. Amateur video of the incident shows race fans standing very close to the dirt course.

The federal Bureau of Land Management yanked the permits for race promoter MDR Productions' future events while law enforcement investigates the accident that also injured several people. The federal agency manages the desert land where the popular off-road races take place, and issues permits for the events.

The race was to be held in Plaster City, which is 20 miles west of El Centro, in Imperial County.

The promoters are responsible for participant and spectator safety. Suspended races include the “Return to the Desert 200” night-time event a week from Saturday. The BLM is also reviewing safety precautions for a desert motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle race another promoter has scheduled for this weekend.

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