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Driver died in the Alvord Desert when she lost control of her vehicle while attempting to break her own land-speed record

KOIN 6 NEWS - Jessi Combs

Professional racer Jessi Combs was killed in a crash in Oregon while attempting to break her own land-speed record.

The 36-year-old was driving her jet-powered car Tuesday through the Alvord Desert when she lost control of the vehicle, Road and Track reported.

The Harney County Sheriff's Office confirmed they responded to the scene approximately 90 miles south of Burns and that Combs died at the scene.

The fatal incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Combs was from Long Beach, California.

Her teammate Terry Madden confirmed her death on Wednesday morning in an Instagram post.

"She was the most amazing spirit that I have ever or will ever know," Madden wrote. "Unfortunately we lost her yesterday in a horrific accident, I was the first one there and trust me we did everything humanly possible to save her!!"

According to Road and Track, Combs was previously named the "fastest woman on four wheels" after setting a record with a speed of 298 mph piloting her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger.

KRON News Staff contributed to this report.

KOIN News 6 is a news partner of the Portland Tribune. You can find their story here.


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