Troopers Release Details Of Drag Race Crash, Driver Seriously Injured

Delmar – The Delaware State Police are investigating an accident that seriously injured a Pocomoke, Maryland man, according to Director of Public Information, Sergeant Richard Bratz.

On Saturday, November 17, 2018, at approximately 3:00 p.m., troopers responded to 37735 Raceway Road Delmar in reference an accident involving a drag car at the Delmar Speedway.  Bratz said the investigation revealed a driver, 34-year-old of Pocomoke, Maryland was operating a 1995 Ford Mustang drag car.

The driver was in the left lane and was making a timed pass by himself. The track was closed to the public and only open to the drivers. During the timed run, he hit the eighth-mile mark at a high rate of speed and suddenly lost control of his vehicle and struck a guardrail with his left driver’s side. The vehicle then struck the finish line post and went into a barrel role coming to rest on the roof of the vehicle. The driver was wearing a helmet and restrained with safety belts at the time of the accident.

The driver sustained serious life-threatening injuries and was flown by the Delaware State Aviation Unit to the Christiana Hospital. The Delaware State Police continues the investigation into this incident.

Breaking Report

Delmar – Yesterday afternoon at 1:39, rescue crews from the Delmar Fire Company, along with Trooper 2 (Delaware State Police Aviation) responded to 37735 Raceway Road, the Delaware International Speedway, for reports of a vehicle crash with entrapment.

While en route, crews learned that the driver, believed to be a drag race driver, had been extricated from the vehicle by personnel on scene.

After he was stabilized, the driver, seriously injured in the crash, was transported to the Trauma Center at Christiana Hospital in Stanton via Trooper 2.

A post on social media describes the crash as “a horrible accident at the Delaware International Dragway”.

Authorities have not released details regarding the crash, however, the driver is believed to be a popular drag race driver from Pocomoke City, Maryland.

A message on the raceway’s websites read “Due to the damage incurred from an accident at today’s private track rental, we will be closed tomorrow. Out of respect for the family of the driver that was involved in the accident we wish to not provide any further comments at this time. We just ask for prayers for those involved.”

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