Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 13 July 2014

Driver dies in drag race crash

A driver has been killed after a drag racing event in East Yorkshire

A driver has died after his car crashed as he crossed the finishing line of a drag race event, police have said.

The man, who is believed to be aged 23, had finished the race at York Raceway, on Melbourne Airfield, East Yorkshire, when his car rolled and set on fire at 11.15am on Sunday.

The driver, from the Billingham area of Cleveland, was pronounced dead at the scene, said Humberside Police.

A police spokeswoman said the man had not yet been named but his family was at the public event.

She said two cars took part in the race but only one vehicle crashed.

"It would appear that two cars crossed the line at the end of a drag race," said the spokeswoman.

"One of those cars stopped, however the other continued on across the finishing line. It then appears to have rolled and a small fire started.

"Sadly the driver, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, died."

A joint investigation into the incident will be carried out by police collision investigators, East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the Health and Safety Executive.

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