9 dead after chaotic crash in Las Vegas; children among victims

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  • Police said a preliminary investigation indicated a car was speeding when it ran a red light.
  • It was not yet known whether impaired driving played a role in the tragedy.
  • Roads in the area remained closed for several hours so the bodies could be extricated from the mangled vehicles.

Nine people were dead and another was clinging to life in Nevada after a car raced through a red light and slammed into several vehicles, North Las Vegas police said.

Officer Alexander Cuevas, who called Saturday's crash a "chaotic event," said the age of those killed ranged from young children to middle-age adults.

“We have not seen a mass casualty traffic collision like this before,” Cuevas said. 

Cuevas said a preliminary investigation indicated a Dodge Charger was speeding as it approached a major intersection at about 3 p.m., then ran a red light. Several cars and 15 people were involved in the crash, he said. Some of the vehicles were pushed into a vacant lot.

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