Stuck Throttle Blamed On Crash At Eagle Raceway

A stuck throttle in a race car is being blame for a crash at the Eagle Raceway that injured two people Saturday evening.

The Cass County Sheriff's Department says the throttle in 60 year old John Austin's car was stuck in the open position as he was finishing his race. That caused his car to leave the track at high rate of speed, go airborne and strike several vehicles inside the race track.

The sheriff's department says those vehicles were pushed into a group of people and into another parked race car. The collision caused 35 year old Justin Vanderharr of Lincoln to become pinned underneath the last race car.  Several people at the scene lifted it to free Vanderharr.  He was taken to Bryan LGH West Hospital in Lincoln with head and internal injuries and he remains in critical condition. 

55 year old Michael Ramsey of Bellevue was also transported to a Lincoln hospital and was later released. A third person went to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Lincoln.  Several other individuals refused treatment at the scene. 


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