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Monster truck driver runs over worker during event in Ohio

KDKA-TV Afternoon Forecast (2-26-24)
KDKA-TV Afternoon Forecast (2-26-24) 03:03

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The driver of a monster truck ran over a safety worker during an event over the weekend in Ohio.

In a news release posted to Facebook, the Marion County Sheriff's Office said first responders were called to the Marion County Fairgrounds Coliseum on Sunday at around 8 p.m. for reports of a 56-year-old man run over by a monster truck. The Marion City Fire Department and Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene. 

The sheriff's office said the victim was taken to Marion General Hospital but was later flown to Grant Medical Center in Columbus for treatment. Officials said the 56-year-old man was a member of the event's safety staff. The condition of the man was not released.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating and said more information will be released "as it becomes available." 

According to the Marion County Fairgrounds' website, Monster Truck Wars was at the fairgrounds on Sunday. The event brands itself as "America's wildest monster truck show."

"Monster Truck Wars is a National touring live entertainment company, specializing in Monster Trucks, Truck/Tractor Pulling, Mud Racing etc. With a combined 60+ yrs in event production/promotion, the company excels in customer experience and service," its website says.

Earlier this month, PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh hosted Monster Jam, "where the world's best drivers and their 12,000-pound monster trucks tear up the dirt in intense competitions of speed and skill."

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