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On Tuesday afternoon, officials with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office provided another update on the victims of Sunday evening’s Mud Bog dragster incident that resulted in the death of a spectator.
According to EPCSO investigators, they now say a total of 9 people were injured, including the one spectator that was killed, identified as Willie Valadez Ramirez.
As far as the injured spectators, 2 were released at the scene, refusing medical treatment for minor injuries. 4 are still at local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries and 2 were released from hospital with minor injuries.
***Update from 6/14 below
El Paso County Sheriff’s Office officials say one person is dead and seven spectators were injured after a Mud Bog dragster veered off the track and into a trackside crowd Sunday evening.
According to EPCSO investigators, 21-year-old Willie Valadez Ramirez was pronounced dead at a local area hospital.
Officials add that a total of eight spectators sustained injuries, with two victims in critical but stable condition, and five sustaining non-life-threatening injuries.
EPCSO officials say the Office Special Traffic Investigators continue their investigation, and no other information is available at this time.
+FOR THE RECORD: The story and headline has been corrected, as the number of injured was incorrectly listed at eight, instead of seven.+
***original story below
Shortly after 6:30 p.m. Sunday evening, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Deputies, local fire department crews and EMS were sent to the 17600 block of Island Guadalupe Road, just south of Fabens, after multiple calls came in regarding a wreck at mud bog racing event.
According to EPCSO officials their investigation revealed that, for an unknown reason, one of the racing vehicles left the mud bog track, broke through a rail, and went into the trackside crowd.
Initial reports say there were three spectators in critical condition and five others with non-life-threatening injuries, all transported to local hospitals.
According to ABC-7, County Judge Ricardo Samaniego told them that up to 29 spectators were injured.
“El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego, citing a briefing he received from Chief Tom Whitten of the Sheriff’s Office, told ABC-7 that a total of 29 people were hurt – including three who suffered very critical injuries.”
However as of Sunday night, EPCSO had only released the information that eight spectators were injured.
EPCSO officials add that three other vehicles were also struck as a result of the initial crash.
No other information is available at this time the investigation remains ongoing.