Drag boat disintegrates, driver hurt

Zach Boyden-Holmes/Staff
Kent Price is ejected as his Top Alcohol Hydro race boat breaks up at the end of a race Sunday afternoon during the Southern Nationals. Price was taken to MCG for treatment.
Sunday, July 18, 2010 4:01 PM
Last updated 4:47 PM
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Kansas drag boat racer Kent Price was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital this afternoon after his hydro racing boat -- Black Dragon – disintegrated at 167 mph.

 

The accident occurred just after 3 p.m. when Price’s boat began to wobble halfway down the 1,000-foot course at the Augusta Southern National Drag Boat Races.

 

As he attempted to correct the wobble, his parachute deployed, and the boat broke in half and flipped several times.

 

Drag boats are equipped with a special capsule designed to prevent serious injuries in such accidents.

 

Rescue personnel and divers reached Price within a minute of the accident, hoisted the capsule aboard a rescue boat and drove him to a waiting ambulance on the shore.

 

Ken Dollar, race series director for Lucas Oil Motor Sports, said Price was conscious and able to speak with other personnel and that his hospitalization was a precaution.

 

Witnesses said Price appeared to have leg injuries.

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esmc68
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esmc68 07/18/10 - 04:21 pm
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dang bet that was something

dang bet that was something to see. hope he is not hurt.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/18/10 - 05:34 pm
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Wow!! I'm glad he seems to be

Wow!! I'm glad he seems to be fairly ok. Best wishes on a full recovery.

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sassygirl8 07/18/10 - 09:36 pm
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driving a boat at that rate

driving a boat at that rate of speed is just plain out stupid

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Riverrunner30909 07/19/10 - 08:36 am
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esmc68: Did you not read the
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esmc68: Did you not read the articles headline? What are the last two words in the Headline? Drag boat disintegrates, driver hurt

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shamrock 07/19/10 - 11:28 pm
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Broken tibia ... he has

Broken tibia ... he has already arranged the purchase of a new hull and has a driver picked out to drive it this weekend in NC. He also won the race since he stayed in his lane and the wreck happened after the finish line.

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