A bullet-shaped drag racing ??? off the track of an unsanctioned drag track on ????
MS Race car track "Covington, Ga." car coming down track
MCU People looking on, car down track spins off track plunging into crowd
MCU Car on back, burning on fire
MCU Injured driver of car
MS Body of person
MS Crowds of people
SPORT: CAR RACING
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Background: A bullet-shaped drag racing ??? off the track of an unsanctioned drag track on ??? and smashed into some of the 5,000 fans than 150 ??? hour. Eleven people were killed and about 50 others injured ??? of the tragedy was shot with an 8mm motion picture camera ??? one of the spectators.
The low-slung, orange glassfiber racer was still accelerating when its driver, Houston Platt of Atlanta, Georgia, a long-time drag racer, apparently lost control of the car as it crossed the finish line of the quarter-mile track. It swerved up a small earthen bank, barely missing a cluster of men standing near the finish line, and a parachute rigged to slow the car opened slightly.
The chute knocked down one man and barely slowed the powerful car. It cut into hundreds of men, women and children clustered at the finish line, split in half, then cut down spectators like a scythe. The driver was able to walk away from the wreckage, unhurt.