Last week, a six-year-old boy was killed
by flying debris at a Monster Truck rally
at the Tacoma Dome
. While many newspapers and media outlets around the world called the child's fatal head injury a "freak accident," The Tacoma News Tribune
and the Associated Press
reported that monster truck accidents are not as rare as you may hope - and that safety may be an issue at these events:
In 2007, a monster truck crash injured nine people (two seriously) during an event in DeKalb, Illinois.
In 1999, four people, including two children, were injured when a monster truck slammed into a pole and sent debris
flying into the audience.
In 1999, a Prairie Capital Convention Center monster truck accident left one man dead and another injured when the vehicle went out of control.
In 1997, a monster truck hit a fence and flipped into the sidelines, killing a teenager and injuring two others.
In some instances, accidents are "freak accidents
" that couldn't have been prevented or predicted. In other cases, however, unsafe or even negligent
conditions can lead to serious injuries or even death, for both kids and adults.
Category: Kids Safety, Children Injuries and Accidents
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