Man, 58, Dead and Child Injured in 'Tragic Accident' as Car Crashes Into Pit at Georgia Racetrack
One spectator was killed and two others were injured in an accident at a racetrack in Georgia over the weekend.
Authorities said one car at the Hartwell Motor Speedway lost control during an event Saturday night and hit a wall, going over a concrete barrier, through a fence and into the pit area, according to the Associated Press and WYFF.
Two other people — including a 9-year-old child — were injured in the accident and taken to nearby hospitals, the outlets report. The car's driver was uninjured.
According to an obituary, the victim was identified as 58-year-old Paul Ballenger Jr., an auto body repair technician from Royston, Georgia. Ballenger is survived by two daughters, two sons, 14 grandchildren and his girlfriend.
In a statement shared on its Facebook page, Hartwell Speedway said, "Everyone at Hartwell Speedway ask that you please keep those involved in the tragic accident tonight at the Speedway in your thoughts and prayers. We would also like to thank all those who came to the aide of those injured."
Hartwell Speedway, which features a 3/8-mile clay track, hosts races every Saturday night, described, according to its official website, as "fun-filled night of good ol' southern dirt track racing at it's best."