Friday, August 10, 2007

Will Dekalb, Illinois Residents Have Nightmares About Monsters... Monster Trucks ?


In Dekalb, Illinois both children and adults may have future nightmares about monsters... monster trucks. Patrick Sheridan A monster truck roll onto and over four crumpled cars and then apparently went into the crowd during a show sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts. Officials had apparently asked observers to stand back after the truck's first few passes. According to Pat Sheridan ( a 16 year old spectator) the last pass "was like a full-out jump." The truck apparently went into the crowd and injured at least nine people - two seriously. After hitting the crowd it apparently went through a wooden fence and stopped on the railroad tracks. It is speculated that perhaps the driver experienced a problem with the accelerator.

DeKalb resident James Vesely reported to the DeKalb Daily Chronicle that a woman and a small girl were hurt. (Three adults and six children from the crowd were apparently treated at Kishwaukee Community Hospital for injuries. Seven were treated and released. However, the mother and her 4-year-old daughter were apparently transferred to trauma hospitals in Rockford.) OSF St. Anthony Medical Center and Rockford Memorial Hospital are believed to be the trauma hospitals utilized. OSF Saint Anthony spokeswoman Therese Michels declined to release any information. The 44-year-old truck driver did not appear injured. City Manager Mark Biernacki said the demonstration was a monster truck tour sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts. Jerry Nix, a spokesman for NAPA's parent company, Genuine Parts Co., did not comment on the incident.
This could be an expensive accident for NAPA!

13 comments:

blond bombshell said...

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This would be a nightmare for anyone. Could you imagine a monster truck heading into the crowd?

Shell

bob said...

I hope everyone will be all right. I always enjoyed these demonstrations...

Bob

dollar bill said...

Does any one know who insures NAPA for this event? While I think most of the injuries are minor, the emotional distress might warrant decent compensation.


Dollar Bill

jill said...

Not sure what is fair compensation, but I can tell you, the nightmares will be real. I saw the video on CNN. Real scary!

Jill

Anonymous said...

Dekalb is where Ian Coburn went to college. Maybe he can shed some light on this town tradition of traumatizing residents and guests...

Anonymous said...

How could the city and the promoters allow this to be so dangerous?

Ms. Calabaza said...

This was awful but the event itself doesn't seem to be any more dangerous to the viewing public as any other car race or air show. There's just no way to assure 100% safety for the viewing public.

Anonymous said...

The stories out there on this incident point out that organizers kept telling the people to move away and they IGNORED THE REQUESTS. Idiots get killed, it's that simple. The shame is the young child who did not know any better and the parent endangered the child by staying so close to this event.

Undercover right winger from Berkeley, CA

Legal Pub said...

Undercover right winger,

True, the crowd was asked to stand back. But did the crowd move back some? Let's say it did not. As the security in charge of the event, what do you do? You stop the event until the crowd complies.

Now, make no mistake about it. This monster truck had some type of a failure.(Mechanical or operator error.) From watching the video, it apparently traveled a good distance off course, crashed though a fense and was not stopped until it came to the tracks.

I doubt that they told the crowd to stand that far back...

Anonymous said...

What a monstrous publicity failure!

Anonymous said...

Monstrous Disaster

Anonymous said...

Yesterday's shooting at NIU was even worse!

Anonymous said...

monsterous mess up!