Check out this amazing video Sunday afternoon of a drag racing crash at the Gulfport Dragway in Gulfport, Mississippi!
The race involving this red 1964 Corvette convertible appears to be going normally until near the end when the front of the car, while going 158 miles per hour, suddenly lifts off the ground.
The C2 then starts tilting to the left before completely going airborne. Go frame by frame on the video, and you’ll see the car go parallel to the ground at one point before twisting again to a straight-up position and then pounding nose-first into the asphalt and exploding into a huge ball of flames.
Amazingly, the driver, Capt. Shannon Poole, walked away from the burning wreckage before being carried to a hospital where he remained Sunday night with multiple – but non-life-threatening – injuries, according to his brother, Jason Poole, who says the car flew more than 400 feet and flipped more than 20 times!
A social media post by Cara Williams Poole summed up the family’s thoughts about the crash: “Thankful is an understatement. God definitely had his hand on Shannon today. He is pretty bruised and beat up but suffered only minor injuries. He is staying in the hospital overnight for observation and is currently resting. Thank you all so much for the calls, messages, prayers, and concerns. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond to everyone, but please know we appreciate each and every one of you.”
Still photos from the scene posted by WLOX-TV show the remnants of the Corvette, with all the front body panels gone but the engine still in place. Surprisingly, the heat didn’t melt the doors or rear body panels, and from the pictures, you’d never really know there was a fire.
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