A truly sad chain of events happened Sunday night at The Missouri State Championships that take place every year during the Missouri State Fair. A charity race dubbed the “Battle of the Badges” saw an off duty police officer lose control of his car and jump a guard rail where fans were standing behind.
The Missourian explained what happened on Sunday night:
The race, set up to raise money for the Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics, involved off-duty police officers driving old police cars, mostly privately owned Crown Victorias.
Sgt. Collin Stosberg of the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that driver Tyson Russell, 25, of Crocker lost control after a multiple-vehicle collision on the dirt track and crashed through a guardrail barrier and safety fence, striking five spectators in the infield area.
According to the video three people were injured very seriously, we are even hearing that one fan had to have a leg amputated, but we haven’t been able to confirm that.
The track handled the situation properly and decided to cancel the rest of the night’s races due to the severity of the crash, and issue refunds for the fans in attendance. The track also posted the following on their Facebook page, “Normally at this hour I would be putting the finishing touches on our post-race press release from the fair. However, it has not panned out that way. For anyone reading this, I ask that you keep all of those who were injured in the incidents as well as their families, friends, and loved ones in your thoughts. If you are a person of faith, I ask that you keep them in your prayers. Tonight, many of us will go home to our families, in our own homes, and rest in our own beds, but as we have witnessed, there are those who do not have this same luxury. ~Sam”
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been affected by this tragic accident. We will continue to update this story as we learn more about the people involved in the accident.