SEDALIA, Mo. — At least five people were injured following a race car crash at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia on Sunday night.
According to authorities, three of the injured people were taken to the hospital by helicopter with serious injuries. The other two injured persons were taken to the hospital via ambulance with less serious injuries.
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Authorities say that one of the people taken to the hospital by helicopter may lose a leg.
The names of the victims have not been released.
The crash happened during a “Battle of the Badges” race between police officers to raise money for the Special Olympics. The officers were racing at the State Fair Speedway around 9:00 p.m. when one of the race cars jumped a guard rail and a safety fence and into the pit area.
“I saw the car coming and I hollered at another friend of mine that was standing there beside them…you better duck, here comes a car right through the guard rail. So we hit the ground, me and him both,” said Arch Simpson, a witness.
The driver of the vehicle – a police officer – was not injured in the crash. His identity has not been released.
“Racing is dangerous as we have seen through out time, you know, there’s inherent risk associated with it,” said Sgt. Colin Stosberg of the Missouri Highway Patrol. “There’s a lot of safety equipment surrounding racing.”
The racing events for the rest of the evening were cancelled. Earlier in the evening, a 15-year-old race driver was taekn by helicopter to an area hospital with serious injuries sustained in an earlier race after his car flipped several times.