Driver injured in demo derby

Published 9:52 am Tuesday, July 9, 2019

One of the competitors in Saturday’s demolition derby is recovering after being burned in a flash fire at the Clark County Fairgrounds.

Clark County Fire Department Battalion Chief William Puckett said firefighters were at the fairgrounds Saturday night during the event. During the competition, the fuel tank in one of the vehicles became dislodged and poured gasoline into the car, which then caused a flash fire.

The driver, he said, exited the car quickly but not before receiving burns to his arms, while the car burned for several minutes before firefighters could extinguish it.

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An ambulance at the fairgrounds transported the driver to the fairground entrance where a Winchester Fire-EMS ambulance picked him up and transported him to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Social media posts Saturday night identified the driver as Blake Rollins of Mount Eden, Kentucky, and said he was discharged from the hospital with burns to his arms and neck.

Monday afternoon, Rollins posted on Facebook that he was “ Beyond lucky .. I definitely had an angel riding with me.”

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