Reports: Motorcyclists crashed at event

Two people have died and one remained in critical condition late Sunday after a motorcycle wreck Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, according to several local news outlets.

Shortly after a day-long Vietnam Veterans Homecoming Celebration in Concord ended, two motorcycles crashed into one another on the 1.5-mile NASCAR track, WCNC.com reported.

The drivers of each motorcycle died at area hospitals, while a third person remained hospitalized.

According to a story on WSOCTV.com, “Witnesses said the two men were not following the track rules laid out by the organizers of Saturday’s Vietnam Veterans celebration.” The report went on to state that the victims had been seen riding in excess of 70 mph at the top of the track in opposite directions.

According to the WSOCTV.com report, officials said Monday that 66-year-old Alan Richard Mockus and 71-year-old Thomas Franklin Hollingsworth died in the accident. Deborah Lynn Mockus, 56, remains hospitalized from her injuries.

An investigation is under way, according to the reports.

The day had brought 62,500 people to the track for the free event sponsored by the USO of North Carolina, the N.C. Association of Broadcasters and the Speedway.