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Injured boy, 8, flown to hospital from Hagerstown Speedway

August 11, 2013

An 8-year-old boy was flown Sunday afternoon to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore due to a traumatic injury at an event at the Hagerstown Speedway property, a Washington County 911 supervisor said.

The Hagerstown Quarter Midget Association has been hosting a USAC Generation Next National Dirt Event at the speedway property west of Hagerstown, according to the association’s website at www.hagerstownqma.com.

According to Hagerstown Quarter Midget Association club president Jon Piper, the 8-year-old hit a guardrail with his vehicle while competing in the Junior Animal Class. 

The boy was flown to the hospital as a precautionary measure after experiencing ringing in his ears, Piper said. 

Speedway General Manager Lisa Plessinger said she was notified that a helicopter was landing at the speedway property, which has a separate track for the quarter midget events. More than 300 contestants were expected to participate in the three-day quarter-midget event, in which youngsters race vehicles that are typically open-wheeled, she said.

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The 911 call, which came at 5:13 p.m. Sunday, was initially for a child who passed out, the 911 supervisor said. But losing consciousness was as a result of a traumatic injury, he said.

— Julie E. Greene


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