MEADVILLE, PA - July 25, 2001 - Sammy Swindell, driver of the Channellock ...
MEADVILLE, PA - July 25, 2001 - Sammy Swindell, driver of the Channellock #1 Stealth sprint car in the World of Outlaws series was injured in a freak accident during time trials at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday, July 24th.
Swindell's sprint car struck the rear of a push truck on the front straightaway as Swindell completed the first of two qualifying laps. He sustained a fractured right ring finger, a cracked kneecap, contusions and broken bones in his left hand and contusions to his head and groin area, the latter requiring stitches. He was treated, held overnight for observation and released from Butler Memorial Hospital in Butler, PA on July 25th.
"The car did its job," Sammy said. "The down tubes saved my life."
Swindell is scheduled to see an orthopedic surgeon today. It is unknown when he will be able to return to competition.
The driver of the push truck and his passenger were treated and released from Butler Memorial Hospital the night of the accident.
World of Outlaws and Lernerville Speedway officials indicated Swindell made no error, and that the push truck involved in the accident was expected to have exited the track before Swindell completed his lap and began the second lap. It is currently undetermined why the truck was still on the track at the time of the accident.
Further details will be released as they become available.