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Local speedway driver killed in NYC accident

MALTA -- The Albany-Saratoga Speedway was in mourning Wednesday after one of its regular racers died suddenly in an accident.

The New York City Chief Medical Examiners Office confirmed Mark Hughes died Monday evening when the cement truck he was driving crashed into two cars and went into a building.

"He was a great competitor and really loved being out on the oval on Friday nights," said Bruce Richards, owner of the Speedway. "On Friday nights it was like time to escape and get away and get out and have some fun."

The operators of the Speedway issued a statement Wednesday saying they plan to honor Hughes in the upcoming season.  Funeral arrangements have not been released.

"Mark had the passion for racing. He surrounded himself by people that had the knowledge and by him being nice in the way he was, he was able to soak in the expertise of the others and that helped him excel his career into racing," said Richards. "Truly what happened to Mark is tragic and everybody will miss him and miss him being around."

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