August 20, 2012
Five people were injured after a vehicle left the race track during the third annual Battle of the Badges charity auto race at the Pepsi Grandstands Sunday night.
According to Sgt. Collin Stosberg, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop A, shortly after 9 p.m. a car came around a curve, drove through a fence and into the pit. Three people, a 57-year-old man from Columbia, a 33-year-old woman from California, Mo., and a 27-year-old woman from California, Mo., were Lifeflighted to area hospitals with serious injuries. Two others, a 67-year-old man and a 46-year-old man, both from Columbia, were treated and released at the scene.
The race was called off by Fair Director Mark Wolfe close to 10 p.m., due to the “severity of injuries” and participants were given vouchers for a future race. Sunday was Law Enforcement day at the fair and the grand finale, the Battle of the Badges race, was held in support of the Missouri Law Enforcement Torch Run and Special Olympics.
“EMS and law enforcement were already on the scene at the time of the crash and were able to take immediate action,” Stosberg said. “Right now we’re reconstructing the crash and will continue the investigation.”
This was the second major crash of the night. In a separate crash at 8:15 p.m., a 15-year-old Carrollton man lost control of the vehicle he was driving and overturned several times. He was Lifeflighted to an area hospital with serious injuries.
“Safety is our No. 1 goal and there are many dangers associated with racing,” Stosberg said. “As sad as this is, we’re thankful more people weren’t hurt.”