Drag Racing Accident at Benton

(BENTON, IL) — Benton and West City Firefighters responded to a crash involving a drag racing vehicle at the I-57 Dragstrip Friday night. Benton Fire Chief Shane Cockrum says when firefighters arrived around 7:15 p.m., they found the vehicle that had crashed into the trees at a high speed. It suffered heavy damage and the driver inside was pinned in. Firefighters worked to free the driver from the vehicle that appeared to have left the end of the track with a stuck throttle. Abbott EMS as well as Air-Evac was requested to come to the scene. The driver was airlifted from the scene conscious and alert.