1 injured in Benton drag racing crash - WSIL-TV 3 Southern Illinois

1 injured in Benton drag racing crash

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BENTON -- A serious drag racing crash sent one driver to the hospital.

On Friday at around 7:13 p.m., the Benton Fire Department and the West City Fire Department responded to the I-57 Dragstrip for a report of a drag racing car that had crashed into the trees at high speed. 

Firefighters arrived at the scene to find that car with heavy damage and the driver pinned inside. 

Authorities say the car appeared to have left the end of the track because of a stuck throttle. 

After being extricated from the car, the driver was airlifted from the scene conscious and alert.

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