Drag Racing Accident Sends Driver to Hospital – U.S. 13 Dragway
Russell was fortunate enough to be out of the car where he could take cover without injury. Mason was removed from the car once pulled from the woods and air lifted to Christiana Hospital. Mason suffers from a collapsed lung, broken ribs, broken arm and several other injuries, but is expected to make a full recovery.
U.S. 13 Dragway and their crew were on the scene in a matter of seconds after the accident happened. Charles Cathell, Owner of Delaware Motorsports Complex, has a very talented team helping on a week to week basis with prepping the track for each race. Their skills along with the Delmar Fire Department, Gumboro Fire Department, SCEMS, Delmar Police and Delaware State troopers were able to work together to get the drivers the help they needed quickly.
As far as safety equipment goes, each driver is fully equipped with safety gear to help protect them from the worst when accidents happen. The drivers involved in this accident are required to wear jacket and pants meeting the SFI Spec rating of 3.2A/15, gloves meeting SFI Spec 3.3/5, and shoes or boots meeting SFI Spec 3.3/5 are mandatory in their class. Along with a full faced helmet, neck restraint system/device or neck collar, and a three-inch driver restraint system meeting SFI Spec 16.1 mandatory in any car running 11.49 or quicker in the quarter mile (meets drivers body in 5 places and are certified every two years).
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mason family at this time as they recoup from what could have been worse if it wasn’t for the safety crew and equipment.