WATERFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — A vehicle crashed during the SK Modified division Sunday night at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl, taking down part of the catch fence.
Driver Timothy Jordan’s car flipped over and hit the fence that runs along the track, sending spectators running and debris flying through the air.
News 8 was told by many people that the fence saved lives.
“There were parts flying through the whole pits because he hit so viciously,” said Joey Fraulino, a pit crew member who was around 50 yards away when Jordan’s car went airborne.
The Cohanzie Fire Department and EMTs arrived on the scene for help after the crash, which occurred around 8 p.m. Speedbowl officials noted in a statement on Facebook that everyone involved in the incident — including drivers and spectators — “will be okay.”
Jordan told News 8 he is still trying to process the crash and sends his thoughts and prayers to everyone injured.
In reference to the crash, Waterford Director of Fire Services Chief Michael Howley said it was “probably the worst one [they’ve] seen there in a long time.”
Howley said a couple of drivers were pinned in their vehicles and had to be extricated.
No one was seriously injured and most say that was due to the fence and other upgrades installed around six or seven years ago.
“Most definitely the fencing did its job up there,” Howley said.
“We’re lucky it was only two people with minor injuries cause it could have been a lot worse,” Fraulino said.
This was billed as the final weekend of racing with Smacktoberfest next weekend, but the crash shut down this SK Modified race and there’s some big money at stake.
Fraulino said there are 57 laps left in the race. News 8 was told the race may resume at a later date and the fence is being fixed.
The Speedbowl said it would release details regarding scheduling plans as soon as they’re made available.