(Updated 8:45 a.m. ET Wednesday April 20, 2016)
Charlie Floyd, a Dirt Late Model racer at Southern Ohio Speedway, succumbed to injuries suffered in a fiery crash Friday at the Wheelersburg, Ohio track, according to a news post on the track’s website Wednesday.
Floyd was 26 years old. He laves behind a wife and a young son.
Floyd’s car flipped on the track’s front stretch and spilled race fuel ignited, trapping the driver inside the car. Track officials told local news outlet WSAZ that Floyd was battling for second place in the AMRA Super Late Model event when his car was involved in a pile-up. The car rolled onto its side and then onto its roof. Fuel began to spill out and ignited. Track officials, the local fire department and medics were on scene and responded quickly, but according to several witnesses, Floyd remained trapped in the car while it was on fire for several minutes.
Once the fire subsided and Floyd was able to be removed from the car, he was transported to a local hospital and then airlifted to Cabell Huntington Hospital in nearby Huntington, West Virginia, with burns on 80-percent of his body.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to benefit Floyd and his family.Many racers Friday at Southern Ohio Speedway donated their race winnings to the Floyd family.
– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield
– Photo credit: Charlie Floyd Racing Facebook