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Racetrack crash

Rob Seeger emailed Castanet to say "there was no fire at the accident at Thunder Mountain raceway."

After the crash there was a unanimous decision to continue racing by the racers he said. 

The reported explosion was actually the car impacting a safety barrel filled with water. 

"They did a good job," Seeger said. "Probably saved his life."  

Senior Vice President at Thunder Mountain Raceway, Doug Dippel, says the driver is in hospital but doing fine.

"He’s going to be sore for a few days, but he should be OK," says Dippel.

“From all accounts, when he crossed the finish line, he hit the wall going about 120 miles per hour.

“All I know is that he does have a concussion, a little bit of neck injuries, and he’s in intensive care right now – just under observation to keep him comfortable."

Dippel says its an unfortunate accident, but part of drag racing.


Original story July 28: A car has crashed while racing at the Thunder Mountain Raceway east of Kelowna.

ScanBC tweeted that there was a "race car crash vehicle into wall with explosion unconscious driver," at 11:42 a.m.

Jamie Svendsen from Big White Fire Department tweeted "Crews responding to a crash at Thunder Mountain raceways, report of a race vehicle crashed into a concrete wall on fire."

Big White Fire department confirms that a patient was transported from the scene by BC Ambulance. 

Their services were not required after that point. They could not confirm the reports of an explosion on the track. 

According to the Thunder Mountain Racetrack website, racing began at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. 

The driver's injuries are unknown.

If you have pictures or video of the incident, send them to [email protected] 

 

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