Raceway closed after deadly crash in Desert Center

Race track east of Coachella Valley shut down for investigation

POSTED: 03:28 PM PDT Apr 21, 2013    UPDATED: 05:21 PM PDT Apr 21, 2013 
Chuckwalla Raceway Desert Center

CHP says one person was killed Sunday when his vehicle smashed into a barricade at the Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center.

The crash happened about 10:30 a.m. at the raceway about 55 miles east of Indio.

The CHP say only one car was involved.  The driver died at the scene, and a passenger, who was initially trapped in the vehicle, was airlifted to an area hospital with major injuries.

The raceway was closed after the incident.

It is a privately-owned driving academy and event center several miles north of Interstate 10 on state Route 177.