In from SELMER, Tennessee, a drag-race car lost control during a parade and spun into a crowd of bystanders on Saturday, killing four adults and injuring as many as 15 people, authorities said.

Investigators were trying to determine what caused the street rod dragster to go into the crowd at the Cars for Kids charity event in Selmer, 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.

“Bodies were flying into the air when it happened,” Selmer Police Chief Neal Burks said.

The identities of the victims and the driver, or the driver’s condition, were not immediately known after the accident.

Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Browning said authorities did not know how many people had been taken to hospitals.

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

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