COPY-Car Show Deaths

Associated Press - June 17, 2007 10:03 PM ET

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SELMER, Tenn. (AP) - The deaths of 6 people at an auto show in Selmer, Tennessee, are raising questions about safety conditions.

A drag-racing car careened into a crowd and killed six people. Witnesses are wondering why the driver was allowed to speed down a stretch of highway with no guard rails, lined on both sides by hundreds of spectators.

The six killed were in their teens or early 20s. The accident injured at least 18 others, including a 5-year-old boy.

The crash happened Saturday during an "exhibition burnout," when a drag racer spins his tires to make them heat up and smoke.

Authorities identified the driver as pro drag racer Troy Warren Critchley. He suffered minor injuries. No criminal charges have been brought against him.

Mourners placed small votive candles, flowers, teddy bears and a ceramic angel at the crash site.

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