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North Carolina Man Killed By Debris At Drag Race


Posted on May 24, 2010

A North Carolina man was celebrating his birthday by attending drag races when a crash occurred on the track and he was killed car debris.

According to the Fayetteville Observer, Terry McDougald of Lillington, NC, was killed at the Harrells Raceway on Sunday night when he was struck by an engine that flew from a crashing racecar. The Sampson County Sheriff's Office said that a racecar traveling 130 miles per hour and driven by professional driver Joseph Wactor, also known as Pro Stock Joe, crashed into a guardrail after losing control. The car flew an estimated 100 feet and much of the car disintegrated as it was propelled through the air. One piece of debris struck McDougald in the audience.

Wactor suffered a number of injuries in the crash but refused medical assistance. Another person, who was also standing against the race track’s chain-linked fence also received injuries and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington for treatment.

Racetrack owner Eddie Yarborough shared his condolences to McDougald’s family and said that no other accidents involving spectators had ever taken place on his track in the two and a half years since he bought it. He declined further comment for insurance and legal reasons. A driver was killed at the track in 1992 in a car crash. The track is not sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association. While the racetrack was rainy and slick on Sunday, authorities do not believe that weather was a factor in the NC car crash.

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