Kyle Ganoe seriously injured at Port Royal

Kyle Ganoe was seriously injured during the Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature of the season Saturday night June 8 at the Port Royal Speedway. On lap seven, Ganoe of Mifflintown, Pa entered turn one when he appeared to suffer a flat left rear...

Kyle Ganoe was seriously injured during the Aumiller's Insurance Sprint Car feature of the season Saturday night June 8 at the Port Royal Speedway. On lap seven, Ganoe of Mifflintown, Pa entered turn one when he appeared to suffer a flat left rear tire and began to flip.

Ganoe was running in teneth place at the time of the accident. His car became entangled in the catch fence outside the track and erupted in fire. Ganoe was entrapped upside down when the blaze began. Fire crews rushed to the scene and attempted to extinguish the blaze which continued to burn due to the tail tank cap having come off during the crash.

Ganoe was conscious and managed to escape the car under his own power. He was life flighted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA where is being treated for burns to his hands, legs and feet.

No further reports were available as off 12:30 a.m. Sunday June 9, 2002.

MEDICAL UPDATE: Sunday June 9 (11:20 a.m.)

Port Royal, PA. Kyle Ganoe is listed in serious condition at Lehigh Valley Hospital Burn Center as of 11:20 a.m. Sunday June 9, 2002. He is stable, and has been placed on a ventilator. Ganoe apparently inhaled some flames during his accident which happenned on lap 7 during the Saturday night June 8 Sprint Car feature at Port Royal Speedway.

He remains in a drug induced coma which is intended to help prevent swelling of his lungs. Plans are to operate Tuesday June 11 to begin the skin grafting process which is necessary for his recovery. Ganoe's father, Mark, indicated he spoke with his son once during the night and that his son recognized he was there. Ganoe told his father that his left rear tire blew causing the accident to occur. Kyle Ganoe is currently sixteen years old. His birthday is June 21.

Plans call for Ganoe to be held at Lehigh Valley Hospitals Burn Center for at least three weeks. His most serious injuries are to his hands. He also received burns on his face, arms and legs.

Cards can be mailed to Kyle Ganoe at:

Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest.
P.O. Box 689
Allentown, PA., 18105-1556.

Mark cards attention Burn Center.

Port Royal Speedway officials and staff offer their sincerest hopes and prayers for a full recovery by Kyle Ganoe. Race fans are encouraged to mail cards of support to Ganoe in this time of need.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

-prs-

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