Debris kills boy at monster truck rally

Last updated 11:49 19/01/2009

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Flying debris at a monster truck rally in Washington has killed a six-year-old boy who was sitting in the crowded grandstand with his family.

The tragedy occurred last Friday when a monster truck came apart while performing doughnuts during a Monster Jam Show in Washington, reported the Associated Press

Another member of the crowd, who has not been identified, was seriously injured in the accident.

Police Officer Mark Fulghum said officers serving as security at the Tacoma Dome had investigated the incident, which as this stage looked like "a tragic accident".

The Pierce County medical examiner's office identified the boy killed as Sebastian Hizey of Puyallup.

The boy's father, Jessie Hizey said in a statement to Kiro-TV that his son was hit in the head by a Frisbee-sized piece of metal, weighing up to 5 kilograms.

"I cannot get the images [out of my head]," he said.

The show continued after the two were struck by debris. 

Laurie Deranleau, 32, a nurse from Westport, told The News Tribune:  "Everybody sitting around thought they should have dropped the show and give the family some respect.

"Nobody was paying attention to the show."

The promoter of the monster truck event, Feld Motor Sports, said in a statement they were saddened by the accident. 

"Feld Motor Sports is looking into this tragic accident as the safety of all our customers is our top priority and this type of incident has never happened before in the history of Monster Jam events.”

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