Tanner Thorson, the 2016 USAC National Midget Series champion, was involved in a fiery highway crash early Monday morning. According to local media outlet KCRA3, the crash occurred on northbound Highway 99 in Modesto, California.
According to the report, Thorson was in a pickup truck hauling race cars when it rear-ended a milk truck around 4 a.m. The report indicates that a 22-year-old from Carson City, Nevada was behind the wheel of the pickup truck; however, it did not directly indicate that Thorson was the driver at the time of the crash.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) said the driver didn’t slow in time upon entering a construction zone. CHP also indicated that the driver of the truck was drowsy, which led to the crash.
Mike TeSelle, a reporter from KCRA3, confirmed on Twitter that Thorson was involved in the crash and suffered non-life threatening injuries. TeSelle also reported that the driver of the crash survived with broken bones and escaped the fiery crash without burns.
Photos from the accident scene showed Thorson's No. 3C Sprint Car in the back of the race car hauler. Thorson competed in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV) Wednesday and Thursday night. He was scheduled to compete in the Shamrock Classic USAC National Midget Series event in DuQuoin, Illinois this coming Saturday.
Speed51 will update this story if/when more information becomes available.
-Speed51 Staff Report
-Photo credit: Mike TeSelle / KCRA