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Sidecar driver Scott Driggers, injured in crash at Industry Speedway Wednesday, undergoing treatment at County-USC Medical Center

         CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – Scott Driggers, the driver of the Sidecar motorcycle that crashed violently Wednesday night at Industry Speedway, is in the Intensive Care Unit at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with a broken pelvis and other injuries.    Sean Driggers, his nephew, was treated for a broken nose and has been released. Sean is the Sidecar passenger, or “swinger,” who uses his weight and body positioning to balance the 1,000 cc motorcycle as it negotiates the tight turns on the  short dirt tracks used for Speedway Motorcycle racing.   The two men were injured on the opening lap of Wednesday night’s Sidecar main event when the throttle on their motorcycle stuck on the back straightaway and they crashed into the wooden safety fence while traveling an estimated 70 miles per hour.   The force of the impact dislodged the fence and left the two men entangled with both the fence and the motorcycle, even though they had tried to jump free. Speedway officials and on-site medical personnel were at the scene immediately and were joined by representatives of the City of Industry and the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Both men were transported to County-USC Medical Center’s trauma unit. 

Joe Jones, the president of the Extreme Sidecar Series and one of the other drivers in Wednesday night’s race, accompanied the injured duo to the hospital and has remained in contact with both Scott and Sean and their wives.  Jones said that Scott, who had suffered a heart attack some time ago, underwent surgery late Wednesday night and again Thursday morning because of internal bleeding and was to have a full-body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam Thursday afternoon to determine the extent of any injuries beyond the broken pelvis, an injury Jones said had been confirmed.  Scott Driggers was being incubated, but Jones said he was relatively stable and able to write messages on a small slate.

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