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Driver recalls fiery crash at 411 Motor Speedway

9:30 PM, Jul 14, 2013   |    comments
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  • Ricky Smith with his car after Saturday's fiery crash. Photo courtesy: Robert Smith
  • Photo courtesy: Garrett Horner
  • Marcella Marcum caught the wreck on camera at the 411 Motor Speedway.

(WBIR-Seymour) The driver from Saturday night's fiery crash at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour recalled his rescue.

Two members of the Sevier County Rescue Squad received minor burns while attempting to extricate the driver, Ricky Smith.

According to Sevier County Rescue Squad Assistant Chief Todd Spence, both were released from UT Medical Center that same day and do not wish to be named.

Smith, of Morristown, also received a minor burn to his neck.

Sevier County dispatchers confirmed a car flipped during a race at the track and gasoline spilled on two members of the Sevier County Rescue Squad as they worked to remove the driver.

Dispatch and witnesses told 10News that once rescuers flipped the car back over, gas spilled out and set the car on fire burning the two rescuers.

Smith said he had been having problems with the steering, which went out again.

"I couldn't get out. I couldn't move, couldn't breathe through the heat. I was just screaming for help," Smith said.

Bud Ballard of Seymour has gone to 411 Motor Speedway for more than 25 years.

"But that's the first time in years that... I mean I've never seen it like that in years," Ballard said.

Smith would like to thank the rescuers and went on to say, "I would just like to thank the Lord, most of all, for saving my life."

Smith said there has only been one other time where his car has flipped during a race.

Sevier County fire and EMS also responded to the incident.

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