Multiple KMZU listeners are reporting a series of three tragic accidents Sunday night at the Missouri State Fair. The incidents took place from about 7 – 9 p.m. Sunday, and they were not related.
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The first wreck happened shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday when a driver left the track. No injuries were reported.
We’ve had a large number of KMZU listeners report that a Carrollton teen was hurt in a wreck on the racetrack sometime between 8 and 8:30. He was taken from the scene by helicopter. The racetrack announcer reportedly identified the driver as 16 year old Jordan Creason.
Police and Fire Department officials in Sedalia have confirmed that a vehicle participating in the “Battle of the Badges” race lost control and went onto the infield. This was the third incident of the evening, and the one that finally brought the races to a halt. There were three people hurt bad enough to require a trip to the hospital, with two of those suffering serious injuries. Two other spectators were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
One person was taken from the scene by medical helicopter and two more left via ambulance. One of those patients was later airlifted from a Sedalia medical facility to a larger hospital. The driver of the police car in the race was not injured.
Multiple units from the Sedalia PD and Fire Department, as well as a medical helicopter, ground based ambulances and a number of Highway Patrol troopers responded to the scene of the third accident.
Press Release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol
At approximately 8:15 p.m., on August 19, 2012, during a sanctioned sprint car event at the State Fair Speedway, a 15-year-old driver from Carrollton, Missouri, suffered serious injuries when his vehicle overturned several times while negotiating a curve during the race. He was transported by Air-Evac helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri, for treatment.
At approximately 9 p.m. during an exhibition benefit race, a driver lost control of his vehicle as a result of a multiple vehicle crash during a heat race. His vehicle then traveled over a guardrail barrier and through a safety fence, then struck five spectators who were standing behind the fence in the infield/pit area. The vehicle was operated by Tyson Russell, 25, of Crocker, Missouri. He was not injured. The following injured spectators were identified as:
— Mark C. Quisenberry, 57, of Columbia, Missouri, sustained serious injuries and was transported by Eagle 5 helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
— Lela A. Wood, 34, of California, Missouri, sustained moderate injuries and was transported by Staff For Life helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia, Missouri.
— Jessalin A. Degonia, 27, of California, Missouri, sustained moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia, Missouri.
— Barry L. Smith, 46, of Florence, Missouri, and Archie L. Simpson, 67, of Columbia, Missouri, both sustained minor injuries. Both were treated and released at the scene.