Debris flew into the grandstands at a monster truck show in Washington state, killing a 6-year-old boy and injuring another spectator, witnesses and fire officials said Saturday.
A red truck came apart while doing doughnuts during the
freestyle competition of Friday night's Monster Jam show, the
witnesses said. Debris flew 30 to 50 feet over a safety barrier
into the stands.
"Parts were falling off and a piece flew up and hit a little
boy," Christine Moe told King Television of Seattle.
Fire Department spokeswoman Jolene Davis told The News Tribune
of Tacoma she had no details on the nature of the accident or the
injuries to the boy and man.
The Pierce County medical examiner's office identified the boy
killed as Sabastian Hizey of Puyallup.
Some spectators told the TV station they had to throw cups off
the stands to get the attention of medics. The show continued after
the boy and man were hurt, and many spectators left.
"They just kept going," Moe said. "We grabbed our kids and
just bee-lined out of there."
Laurie Deranleau, 32, a nurse from Westport, told The (Tacoma)
News Tribune, "Everybody sitting around thought they should have
dropped the show and gave the family some respect. Nobody was
paying attention to the show."
The Tacoma Dome, operated by the city, was continuing with four
Monster Jam shows on Saturday and Sunday.
The city was working with the event's promoter to investigate
the accident and ensure the safety of spectators to the upcoming
shows, city spokesman Rob McNair-Huff told the newspaper.
Promoter Feld Motorsports of Aurora, Ill., would not discuss
"Our company follows strict safety guidelines designed to
protect both spectators and competitors alike," said Bill
Easterly, Feld's senior director of operations, in a statement
issued Friday night.