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 August 20, 2003
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Devastating scene at open-air market
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Santa Monica, California-AP -- After a deadly accident at an open-air market in California, one man said "I had blood all over me."

He was one of the people who came to the aid of victims of the crash. Police say an elderly driver ran down dozens of people at the market in Santa Monica yesterday.

David Leifer says he was shopping for tropical fruits when he heard someone scream "Oh my God." He looked around to see a street full of bleeding people.

Noel Garredo was at his vegetable stand when the car roared by so quickly that all he could see were flying bodies. He dove behind his van for safety. He says he thought a tornado had plowed through the market.

The crash left tents collapsed around their twisted metal frames. Handbags and shoes littered the scene. People rushed from everywhere to help out the victims. Police are still on the scene.

Big orange drop-sheets were set out for the victims. A stream of gurneys rolled patients into waiting ambulances and helicopters.

One man says he saw a woman get hit -- just as she grabbed her child from a stroller. The mother and child appeared to survive, but the child had a cut on the head. Hours later, the stroller was still on the street.

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