CLEWISTON- A broken fuel injector caused a commotion, when a car bursted into flames while coming around the bend of the Hendry County Motorsports Park’s dirt track on Saturday, March 20.
Devin Register was racing, as usual, attempting to get in the lead, when suddenly his car caught fire.
He was stuck behind his steering wheel, with panic beginning to set in, when he was pulled from the flames, by track worker, Ernie Turner.
“Flames just kept coming to the floor,” said Register. “I was stuck. I couldn’t get my window open. If it weren’t for, Ernie I’d have burned to death in that car.”
The two had never met before the incident.
Turner said, “Getting him out of the car, that was my main thing, I was trying to make sure he got out of the car with no injuries.” Tuner grabbed Register by the helmet and neck restraint, and dragged him through the window.
“I really appreciate what he did for me,” Register said. “Not many people are going to dive face first in a fire to get somebody that they don’t even know out of a car.”
Other than a few minor injuries, and some extra adrenaline, Register and Turner are both in good health. In fact, Register said he plans to race again this coming weekend.
A fundraiser has been started for Turner, to raise money for him to buy safety gear for himself.
“Ernie Turner saved a drivers life this weekend at Hendry Racing! Let’s all pitch in and get his Saftey gear and keep him safe! He is always the first to us!” said Candice Connors Kealy, who organized the fundraiser for Turner.
The fundraiser link: https://www.facebook.com/donate/469298747603026/?fundraiser_source=external_url