Drag race driver killed in crash

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A DRIVER died after his car crashed as he crossed the finishing line of a drag race.

The 23-year-old had finished the race at York Raceway, on Melbourne Airfield, East Yorkshire, when his car rolled and set on fire at 11.15am yesterday.

Police say the tragedy happened while the man’s family were among the spectators at the public event.

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

A police spokeswoman said the man had not yet been officially named.

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,” the spokeswoman said.

“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.

York Raceway was due to reopen today after racing was abandoned following yesterday’s tragedy.