Official injured in accident at raceway ‘doing good’

A 20-year-old Fulton man injured in an accident at Callaway Raceway Friday night was released from the hospital and is doing fine, according to racetrack owner Betty Atterberry.

Atterberry said Saturday that track official Jordan Davis, who was struck by one of the competitors during the modified class race, had a broken leg, but “is doing good.”

“He’s doing fine,” she said of Davis, who has worked at the racetrack for two years.

Atterberry said this is the first time in 12 years Callaway Raceway has seen an accident that involved a vehicle hitting a person.

“One of the drivers was going to turn, and his steering mechanism broke,” she said of the accident. “It happened so fast. (Davis) was right there by the safety tires (large tractor tires piled about the track) but he wasn’t expecting the car to come right at him.

“He had jumped up on the tractor tire but only got one leg up. His other leg got pinned between the tire and the race car.”

Callaway Raceway’s safety crew and the Callaway County Ambulance District crew that is on-site for all races were on the scene, and called in Staff for Life to transport Davis to University Hospital in Columbia.

The Central Callaway Fire Protection District also responded to assist with the Life Flight arrival.

“We set up a landing zone and helped get the patient onto the helicopter,” Capt. Ronnie Huff said.

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