fans injured by monster truck

This is the video of the monster truck run in the Tacoma dome Friday night January 16th. At the end of the run you can see the parts blow off of the truck and see them on the ground. While all of this was happening there was no pause in the action the show just kept going on as planned.

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BothellRes says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 10:29 AM

Wow, this is a very freak accident, since there doesnt seem be anything out of he norm for this trucks run that I would have expected when hearing about flying debris. Thoughts and prayers to the families, driver and event staff. Very tragic!

Ryan Roberts says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 10:43 AM

Hello. Just wanted to state that this was a huge freak accident. Honestly don't see where the piece fell off into the crowd. It could have a piece of an obstacle that went into the crowd and not of the truck..

A Reader says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 10:46 AM

A young boy died from his injuries at that event.

Kathryn says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 11:06 AM

This is just so sad..... the show should be sued or something!!! some little boy- 6 years DIED!!! my family went and i was home and what if that were my little brother!!!??? they were right to be mad... i would be mad too!!!

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 12:56 PM

These crates are held together with spit, and chewing gum. I see no competition here other than who makes the biggest mess. There are no safety guidelines in place for this junk on 4 wheels. Sad for the loss of a little boy for the sake of profit.

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 12:58 PM

Sorry.. Id on't see the parts of which you speak...

Anonymous says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 1:46 PM

Bottom is very simple. MONEY.... that is why the other shows are not cancelled. The same thing happened at Evergreen Speedway which I personally saw and the show went on as usual while many of us left after the Sprint car severally hurt the man

Connie says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 4:04 PM

We were at the show and had no idea this happened. No medic van nothing. We also have some video, I am so sorry for the family. We took our two young sons. This really makes you think about how family fun can go so wrong. Connie from Rainier WA

shoreline says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 5:38 PM

At what minutes:sections does this happen?

g-howard says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 9:50 PM

i was at the show very messed up freak accident the kid was only six thas so messed up

mike says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 11:05 PM

spit and chewing gum? theres no doubt that people are sorry for this accident, but you have no idea what kind of work goes into these trucks, and piece of junk? try thousands and thousands of dollars worth of hard work on four wheels

jackie says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 11:06 PM

I just want to say how sorry and sad i am for the family and the little boy. I cant stop thinking about the the little boy and his Dad and Mom and how much it must hurt. My 5 year old boy was there with his Dad in the same level across the way.

graham in graham says ... on Saturday, Jan 17 at 11:32 PM

on every event ticket I have ever purchased there has been a disclaimer for exactly this reason. there is an element of danger which makes this exciting to watch, you must be willing to take a chance. those parents did and it didnt pay off

algermom says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 12:23 AM

If this was one of the organizers' kids, or one of the drivers' kids, or the Tacoma Dome staff's kids, would there still be the amount of depraved indifference toward the victim's family? And would the show still go on? This is an incredible tragedy.

Kyle Carlson says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 12:59 AM

Spit & chewing safety guidelines......Obviously you don't know much about monster trucks. This was a freak accident. Monster Jam events are one of the safest shows out there. Get your facts straight b4 you talk.

Tony says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 1:45 AM

Its sad that somebody died, but Im sure the back of the tickets states that attending these events are dangerous and they are not liable. Everybody wants to sue somebody.

msvickybee says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 2:06 AM

I'm sickened by this story. This poor family must be devastated. That poor little kid. Awful! I think it's in really, really poor taste that the show organizers are acting so incredibly indifferent. Not stopping the show. I hope they get sued.

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 4:20 AM

Freak accidents on the freeway can be classifed as manslaughter can't they?

kelly says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 5:52 AM

this is just so sad and very tragic. im sorry to the family. my prayers are with you.

Mary says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 6:18 AM

I think its a no win situation no matter how you look at it. If they closed the show people would be complaining that they got screwed out of the show they paid for. It's so devastating kids have died at theme parks as well. Very sad for the family

Glenn says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 6:50 AM

A disclaimer on a ticket does not free participants from all liability. I guarantee you multiple entities involved in these events carry tons of insurance. Can you guess why? See sentence 1.

Mark says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 8:17 AM

There can be no pain worse than this. My condolances to the family. I'm sorry for your terrible loss.

Jim says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 8:23 AM

Surely people realize that injuries at any type of event are a possibility. I've been to hockey games and seen people get hit with flying pucks. How about sitting close to the baseball diamond and having a foul ball come at you at over 100mph?

Where's compassion gone says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 9:26 AM

Everyone who likes to debate this needs to stop and think. If that was your brother or son, then how would you feel. That was someones brother, someones son. Stop. Think.

Roy says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 9:43 AM

People take their children to these shows to share the chaos, noise, danger and destruction that these shows offer. When danger and destruction move over the barricades, everyone is shocked and angered. These shows offer nothing positive to kids...

parminder gill says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 10:07 AM

It is unfortunate the young boy has to loose his life for the sake of adventertious monster truck

news reader says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 11:00 AM

there is a disclaimer on the back of the tickets for this reason. It is unfortunate, but it is like going to a hockey game, baseball game, going on amusement park rides and such. People simply think it's not going to happen to them.

k says says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 11:02 AM

what is more upsetting is that the show went on without a break at least! out of respect for the family. Show promoters says "we've never had something like this happen before" well, there's a first time for everything. Condolences to the family.

sad father says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 11:28 AM

Lets get real people, do you think that the promoters of the event or the drivers of the truck expected this to happen? It is human nature to learn valuable lessons at the cost of someones life. Life is full of risks that we CHOOSE to take.

SHERYL says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 12:05 PM

Our hearts felt goes out to the family of the boy. We just went to the show in Evansville,IN.And a small show. We all felt safe.Meet all the drivers.All very nice men.For the trucks they we all in good shape.Have been 5 times.Our family loves going.

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 12:30 PM

They need 2 fix the trucks so that dont happen again.

Mom with kids, says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 1:07 PM

what happened is devestating,The driver and most of the crowd didn't know what happened or the severity of it, It's so easy to judge after the fact.. people did what they thought best. my heart goes out to all involved.

Prior Service says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 2:02 PM

Condolences to the family and anyone who witnessed this. May the family find peace and strength. It was an accident, but it doesn't make it any easier. I've taken my son to two MJ's wtih no problems or injuries. Again, srry for the familys loss.

Andrew says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 2:30 PM

By keeping the show going, the majority of patrons remain in their seats, leaving the incident site clear. These events are not without risk, all we can do is minimise that risk - it can't be eliminated completely. Thought are with the families.

Jake says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 3:07 PM

Lawsuit? NO. Its a horrible accident and accidents happen, it's no reason to go chasing after money (except maybe funeral costs). My condolances to the family, I cant even imagine. How ever, money does not replace life. Nobody wanted this to happen

jeff says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 3:26 PM

We are all very disturbed and saddened any time something like this occurs. Imagine how the driver feels. The chances of your child being injured in your own car on the way to or from a Monster Truck show are much higher. A tragedy pure and simple

Monster Truck Fan says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 3:40 PM

I'm sadden by the death of this young boy. We have 4 children and I have been to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta 11 time to watch these shows. My children love the shows. My God with this family.

Real Cyn says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 5:40 PM

I do stop and think before I take my children. Hence why we sit far up and not down in the front rows. As with any sporting event or theme park, there can be accidents. I do feel bad for the family....

Krysydawn says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 7:29 PM

Very sad. This should have never happened. But I do agree that this is very rare. The first time in the companies 25yrs actually. We said our prayers before attending last nights (1.17.09) show. Our prayers to the family, driver and event staff.

Tracy from NC says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 8:01 PM

My thoughts and prayers go out to this family. Accidents happen regardless of how safe we try to make things. Sueing or placing blame is not going to bring this child back. However I feel that stopping the show would have shown a bit of compassion.

Kmerritt says ... on Sunday, Jan 18 at 8:10 PM

I am really confused by the people who would even justify the truck show at this point.....the fact is that they did not have the common sense or compassion to apologize or show remorse for the loss of a six year old "fan".

Monster Jam Man says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 9:15 AM

This video is AWESOME!! It's been a long time since I have seen a jump like that! Thanks for the post!

spygrl says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 1:18 PM

Kmerritt...acutally, I was at the show on Saturday afternoon..and we gave a moment of silence before the national anthem...they did mention the loss and how tragic it was!! We were all concerned at the show!!

MOM IN GRAHAM says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 1:38 PM

I can't imagine what the family must be going through right now, my heart goes out to them, the life of an innocent child was taken way before his time. May god be with with the family in this time of need.

Cowboy says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 2:01 PM

I'm very sad for the family that lost their son, and the fans that had to witness such a terrible accident. But my heart also goes out to the driver, whom I'm sure is devastated over what happened.

Cowboy says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 2:34 PM

msvickybee says ... I think it's in really, really poor taste that the show organizers are acting so incredibly indifferent. Not stopping the show. Do you even know if they were aware it happened? It's a big stadium, large crowd, and very loud...

Cowboy says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 2:35 PM

An eye witness stated the accident occurred when the truck was doing donuts. I don't believe this video is of the run that caused the accident.

bill thomas says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 2:56 PM

Terrible. I took my son a week ago at Anaheim, and I thought "what if that truck lost control and went into the stands?" I didn't think that debris could fly that far. How sad for that family!

Andrea says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 3:15 PM

Monster Jam Man - how inconsiderite!

spygrl says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 4:37 PM

cowboy..your right about staff probably not even knowing,and think of the people that would be upset because the DID stop the can't please everyone. I was there with my 4yr old twins on was alittle unsettling to be there! very sad!

Mother of 3 boys says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 6:07 PM

I think that the show should have been stopped. You can't tell me that people didn't notice a bunch of medics with ambulances moving toward the stands. Hello! I am an EMT I can only imagine how horrible that site was of the little boy's head trauma

Anonymous says ... on Monday, Jan 19 at 11:19 PM

If they stopped the show! do you realize how many ppl, cars, ect. would be in the streets?How will they get the little boy out? So I feel the best thing was done.Keep as many ppl in the stands as they can.My prayers and thoughts go out to the fami;y

Brandon says ... on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 7:24 AM

whoever was at the friday show and was affected by this tragedy should call ticketmaster and get a refund the donate that to the boys funeral fund we need to help out this family!!!

John says ... on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 7:32 AM

I was at the Friday show, and was approx 12 feet away with my 12 year old son. my son saw things he shouldn't experience at his age. I feel for the family of this boy and my heart and prayers go out to them. God bless this little Guy!!!!!!!

John says ... on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 7:46 AM

This is sooo sad. I can't even put it in words. my son and I was there, very close to where the boy was, and the image of this little boy doesn't leave our heads. I can't imagine what this family is going through. our prayers go out to his family!!

Anonymous says ... on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 11:54 AM

this is too sat, such a cute innocent boy. He just wanted some fun. It's not fair.

Alex says ... on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 1:42 PM

yeah I was there and I had no idea that happened until my mom told me the next morning. It's really horrible and sad. I couldn't even imagine if it was my brother or someone I knew

Realistic says ... on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 6:03 PM

Boo hoo. So sad. People die. Every day. Get over it.

Ferbie Montano Jr. says ... on Tuesday, Jan 20 at 10:39 PM

Remember this happens in a lot of sports. Does anyone remember the little girl who was killed at a hockey game after she was hit in the face with a puck? It is a tragic accident, but it is just that, and accident. It is a sad thing however.

Mark 42 says ... on Wednesday, Jan 21 at 10:00 AM

They did the right thing by continuing the show. If they had stopped, thousands would have got up and went to the bathroom and the snack bar. By keeping the crowd in their seats they made emergency workers' jobs much easier.

kay calcutt aberdeen n.c. says ... on Wednesday, Jan 21 at 12:20 PM


real mexican says ... on Wednesday, Jan 21 at 1:50 PM

mexican soccer games are no danger but dey have fences go up bout 10 ft! why? so fans wont go pouring n2 da stadium,i think dats wat dey should do to events like dis, cuz dey think no1 will get hurt, think how safer it is, not how much cash its worth

dizzy says ... on Wednesday, Jan 21 at 10:00 PM

As for safety, they have safety holds, the yellow plastic around the venue, 30 yard dumpsters, safety tecs, that look at the trucks befor the show, safety officals on the floor when the trucks are running and remote R.I.I's that shut them off.

MY OPINION CRUSHES YOURS says ... on Wednesday, Jan 21 at 10:44 PM

2nd tragedy here is the fact that this has become a place for idealists to attach themselves to glorify their ignorance.Ya'll are spouting off over things you know nothing about. The truck was safe and the driver and team did nothing wrong.

Chris says ... on Thursday, Jan 22 at 4:28 PM

The little boy that died is my friends step brother.

a REAL monster truck crew chief says ... on Thursday, Jan 22 at 4:38 PM

wow, i am a crew chief for a truck that races for monster jam, all of the talk of law suits against the driver, think of how bad he feels about what happened, the trucks cant not go out if they are not 100% safe, but parts failed, very sad.

Anonymous says ... on Thursday, Jan 22 at 7:48 PM

I've been to a lot of shows since I was about the kid's age. They take every precaution to ensure everyone is safe. This was just a freak accident, but it's completely understandable that the family as well as the public are mad. Apology at

Teri says ... on Friday, Jan 23 at 6:40 AM

I feel so bad for the family. I think the family should sue. Freak accident or not, the Truck show should have had more stringent safety measures in place. These people know that parts can fly off the vehicles and land anywhere.

Get Real says ... on Friday, Jan 23 at 9:07 AM

IM sad & pray 4 this family 4 their loss,but the ignorance perpetuating from this blog is unreal.This was a TERRIBLE ACCIDENT people! The mentality that 'someone must pay' 4 this tragedy is absurd&fundemental to our downwardspiraling society.

Michele says ... on Friday, Jan 23 at 11:44 AM

This is very sad, I cannot imagine what the family is going thru. The warning on the back of the ticket is on the back of every ticket (cannot blame anybody). What If a baseball went and hit somebody and they died should we never pay baseball again?

Larry says ... on Friday, Jan 23 at 3:46 PM

Cowboy, this was the run that caused the death. The report of the truck doing doughnuts is incorrect. The dirt was too tacky for most of the trucks to try to do any doughnuts. The problem is when "Natural High" gets hung up on the yellow junked car.

? says ... on Saturday, Jan 24 at 8:09 AM

what is this video about? I dont see no accident...

one of there own injured.... says ... on Saturday, Jan 24 at 11:06 PM

Tonight at the Monster Nationals in Madison, WI one of the events announcer's was hit and run over by one of the trucks! Dont know his condition yet, but it was BAD! They ended the show on the spot! there is info on the local 27 news web site, WKOW

flynn says ... on Sunday, Jan 25 at 11:25 AM

Just last evening another person has been killed at a monster truck show in Madison, WI Monster Nationals 1/24/09 Accident

kiss says ... on Sunday, Jan 25 at 5:16 PM

thts crazy

Anonymous says ... on Sunday, Jan 25 at 6:51 PM

The announcer died from his injuries. He apparently walked out infront of a truck returning to it's parking space. also has more info

Cancell Monster Truck Shows says ... on Sunday, Jan 25 at 10:08 PM

"A promoter for the Motor Sports Monster Truck and Thrill Show has died from injuries in an accident at the Dane County Coliseum in the second fatality at a monster truck event in nine days." I say Stay in code and follow the rules or get canceled.

maddie says ... on Monday, Jan 26 at 8:38 AM

i feel so sorry for the family i go to school with marrisa i feel so sorry for her :(

raerae-at-ya.... says ... on Monday, Jan 26 at 7:25 PM

How terrible! How can people not feel bad for these families? We are going to the one in New Orleans this weekend. May GOD watch over everyone there. Just a freak accident!

mr. usa says ... on Wednesday, Jan 28 at 5:29 PM

it was varry sad the boy died , but to stop the show meant people are sheep and would cause panic and flood the doors , making it unsafe for emergency crews to help the boy and get him out safe , face it people in masses are panic stricken

David says ... on Friday, Jan 30 at 10:27 AM

I guess that getting stuck on the yellow car at 1:08 sec damages the drive train. Truck then does a sharp turn in the lower right corner of the arena and it appears that something black falls on the ground. When it stops, truck leans to right.

Bob says ... says ... on Tuesday, Feb 3 at 8:11 PM

I am a close friend of the family of the driver .the driver and his family are just devastated. He is 23 years old.This is something that will affect him for the rest of his life. Are prayers go out to the family of the child.

Us Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids says ... on Monday, Feb 9 at 10:06 AM

We was at the AMP monster truck in Iowa this past weekend and they were having go cart races. Well they didn't move a monster truck out of the way and a little boy slammed into one and broke both his legs. They had NO EMT or ambulance service on site

amy says ... on Thursday, Mar 12 at 8:56 AM

I was going to take my kids to see a show. I just cancelled my tickets. Can u imagine. Excited happy kids a family event then u turn and your kid is dead. OMG I can not stop bawlling!! We will go see a movie instead

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