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Herbert's two sons killed in traffic accident in North Carolina

1/27/2008

CORNELIUS, N.C. -- Top Fuel drag racer Doug Herbert's two
sons were killed Saturday in a traffic accident near their home.

A statement from Herbert's team said sons Jon, 17, and James,
12, died instantly when the car they were riding in collided with
another vehicle in the town of Cornelius, which is 20 miles north
of Charlotte.

Cornelius police said the Mazda that Herbert's children were in
attempted to pass a third car when it went out of control and
collided with a Hummer.

Police said the unidentified driver of the Hummer was airlifted
to Carolinas Medical Center, while a passenger in the car was
transported to the hospital by ambulance. The extent of their
injuries wasn't available Saturday evening.

Herbert team spokeswoman Lisa Powers said Herbert was in Phoenix
for preseason testing and was returning home to be with his family,
which includes 9-year-old daughter Jessica.

Funeral arrangements are pending, but the family asks that in
lieu of flowers, people make donations to the Speedway Children's
Charities in Jon and James Herbert's name.