Hot on the heels of a drag car disaster in Tennessee, there has been another case of stupidity. In Dekalb, Illionois a monster truck display set up by NAPA went horribly wrong yesterday when the driver lost control following a jump. The resulting wheelie sent the truck through a crowd of spectators, through a fence and across some adjacent train tracks. Three adults and six children were hurt in the incident, including a mother and her 4 year old daughter who are in serious condition.
When are these stupid event organizers going to wake up and realize that race vehicles can be unpredictable. Parts can break, causing an uncontrollable reaction from the vehicle. Uneven or irregular surfaces can cause immediate loss of traction which can trigger a sudden change of direction. The minimum race weight for a monster truck these days is around 9500 lbs. That is a heck of a lot of weight to control when it goes out of control.
Once again, there is a driver, a team, a local police department and a national retail chain who all should have known better than to shut down a street and jump a 9500 lb vehicle with spectators in close proximity. 9 people hurt and 6 of those are children.
Via AOL News
Update: We just came across this amateur video of the incident. Don’t worry, it’s not graphic, just stupid.