Three people remained hospitalized after being injured Sunday evening when a race car crashed through a guardrail at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, and struck them, the Missouri Highway Patrol reported.
By GLENN E. RICE
The Kansas City Star
Two other people suffered minor injuries from the wreck, which happened during a special charity race at the Pepsi Grandstand at the fairgrounds. The wreck happened at about 9 p.m. when one of the vehicles, an old police car, traveled over a guardrail barrier and through a safety fence. The vehicle then hit five spectators standing behind the fence near the pit area.
The driver, 25-year-old Tyson Russell of Crocker, Mo., was not injured, according to the highway patrol.
The injured spectators were identified as:
• Mark C. Quisenberry, 57, of Columbia, Mo., sustained serious injuries and was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.
• Lela A. Wood, 34, of California, Mo., was treated for moderate injuries after being taken by helicopter to University Hospital.
• Jessalin A. Degonia, 27, of California, Mo., suffered moderate injuries and was taken by to Bothwell Hospital in Sedalia.
• Barry L. Smith, 46, of Florence, Mo., and Archie L. Simpson, 67, of Columbia, had minor injuries and both were treated at the scene.
Earlier that evening, a 15-year-old driver from Carrollton, Mo., was seriously injured when he lost control of his vehicle and it overturned several times during an earlier race. The crash occurred at about 8:15 p.m. when the driver failed to negotiate a curve and lost control. He was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in Columbia.
The Missouri Highway Patrol is continuing to investigation the crashes.
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