1 runner killed in a crash during a race in North Carolina

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LINVILLE, North Carolina (WBTV/Gray News) – Several people were injured and one killed after a crash involving a vehicle Thursday night at Grandfather Mountain.

According to Avery County EMS, a woman was killed and at least three other riders were injured when they were hit by a pickup truck.

Participants were preparing to run “The Bear” foot race when the crash occurred shortly after 7 p.m. at the intersection of US 221 and NC Highway 105.

The runners had been lined up at the start line and had to run five miles to the top of Grandfather Mountain.

The police are investigating. Officials told WBTV they believe the accident was a “terrible accident”.

The race was part of Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and was immediately canceled after the incident.

“On my behalf and on behalf of the entire Grandfather Mountain Highland Games organization and family, we are deeply saddened by tonight’s devastating event and extend our condolences to those affected,” said Steve Quillin, President of Grandfather Mountain Highland Games.

The remaining Highland Games activities will continue as planned, according to a Facebook post.

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