Investigators were trying to figure out why. "You go out for a night of fun, and you lose your son," Jessie Hizey told the press. The piece of metal apparently weighed 7 to 12 pounds. Police gathered loose parts of the drive train to further the investigation. Bill Easterling, senior operations director for Feld Motor Sports of Aurora, Ill., provided additional information to The Associated Press. "I've never seen the loop or the drive shaft parts come off like this," said Easterling. Unfortunately, now you have, so what are you going to do to prevent such future tragedies?
UPDATE 1-26-09: George Eisenhart Jr., a 41 year old Wisconsin monster truck show promoter who spoke Friday about the safety record at his shows, died today after he was run over in a monster truck accident Saturday night at an event he organized. It was the second death at a monster truck show in nine days.
The accident occcurred on , Jan. 24, 2009, at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum in Madison, Wis. Eisenhart Jr. was the president of Image Promotions, which puts on the Monster Truck Nationals.
Update 10-7-13: This weekend, tragedy struck again. In Chihuahua, Mexico, a monster truck lost control and went into a crowd of spectators killing at least eight people and hurting 80 others. Carlos Gonzalez, spokesman for the Chihuahua prosecutors' office, said the driver lost control of the truck after leaping over the cars it was crushing. Video provided to The Associated Press shows the truck making an initial pass over two cars, then making a second pass which ended nose-first and bouncing violently into the crowd. The spectators were not protected by a wall or barrier.