North Carolina woman left with ‘serious injuries’ after a drag racer crash

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One woman was left with multiple injuries to her arm and hand a drag racer climbed the guardrail, split in two, and bumped into spectators in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

The crash left 22-year-old Amber Garner with a shattered knuckle, an open wound and her arm broken in four places.

She was immediately taken to hospital where she is expected to undergo multiple surgeries.

Amber Garner (pictured), 22, was left with multiple injuries to her arm and hand after a drag racer climbed the guardrail, split in two and bumped into spectators in Wilkesboro, North Carolina

As of Saturday, local media reported that Garner would need at least two surgeries to repair the damage caused by the crash.

The accident happened while Garner was standing near a giant scoreboard at the start of the tow road.

The haunting footage shows a purple Ford Mustang, driven by Sammy Tompkins, lining up to race against Billy Hoskinson in eliminations at the 828 Cash Days event.

Both cars seem ready to go before the race starts and the Mustang’s opponent rushes to the lead.

The Mustang driver then appears to lose control, turning left jerkily before climbing up the guardrail and slamming the rear half of the car into the metal post of a scoreboard.

A bewildered spectator hears in the images shout: ‘No way’ while the car is split into dozens of pieces by the pole.

The Mustang driver then appears to lose control, turning left jerkily before climbing up the guardrail and slamming the rear half of the car into the metal post of a scoreboard.

The Mustang driver then appears to lose control, turning left jerkily before climbing up the guardrail and slamming the rear half of the car into the metal post of a scoreboard.

The impact was so severe that the rear half of the Mustang tore off and the front half of the car slid across the roof track.

The impact was so severe that the rear half of the Mustang tore off and the front half of the car slid across the roof track.

The impact was so severe that the rear half of the Mustang tore off and the front half of the car slid across the roof track.

As the wreckage gives off bright orange sparks as it glides down the track, eventually coming to a stop dozens of meters from the crash site.

Tompkins, the driver of the vehicle, reportedly suffered no injuries and managed to get out of the Mustang carcass unassisted.

He also refused treatment to paramedics on the spot, the Sun reported.

As the wreckage gives off bright orange sparks as it glides down the track, eventually coming to a stop dozens of meters from the crash site.  Tompkins, the driver of the vehicle, reportedly suffered no injuries and managed to get out of the Mustang carcass unassisted

As the wreckage gives off bright orange sparks as it glides down the track, eventually coming to a stop dozens of meters from the crash site. Tompkins, the driver of the vehicle, reportedly suffered no injuries and managed to get out of the Mustang carcass unassisted

Amber’s sister, Ashley, has one G.oFundMe page to raise money to fund the multiple surgeries and physical therapy she is expected to need.

At the time of publication, the page had raised $ 9,000 (£ 6,560) of its $ 100,000 (£ 72,850) goal.

Ashley pleaded for donations: “My family needs help to raise money to help my sister.

“We were at a drag race in Wilkesboro and a car lost control and hit her. She needs multiple surgeries and physical therapy. ‘

Amber gave an interview to Fox 8 from the hospital.

She said: ‘There were two cars racing and I think one of them lost control. It hit the guardrail where I was and went over it and hit me on the side of my arm.

‘As soon as it hit me, I think I fell to the ground. I passed out so I’m not sure. I thought that it [my arm] had disappeared.’

Several donors expressed their condolences to the accident.

Wes Snow wrote, “I’m sorry this happened to you. I hope and pray that you will recover in no time.

‘Racers are good people, we help each other, I just hope this becomes a lesson about how dangerous it is to be close to the finish line and others learn from it and don’t have to go through what you’re going through or worse’.

Snow also said he hoped event organizers would do more to keep spectators a safe distance from the track.

Amber's sister, Ashley, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the many surgeries and physical therapy she is expected to need.  At the time of publication, the page had raised $ 9,000 (£ 6,560) of its $ 100,000 (£ 72,850) goal

Amber’s sister, Ashley, has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the many surgeries and physical therapy she is expected to need. At the time of publication, the page had raised $ 9,000 (£ 6,560) of its $ 100,000 (£ 72,850) goal

However, a statement from Wilkesboro Dragway owner Phil Halbedel dismissed blame for the accident.

He said Amber “should not have been” at the scoreboard and that the Mustang was a “poorly made car,” the Journal-Patriot reported.

A statement from Dragway herself confirmed the accident on Saturday, asking readers to ‘please say a prayer for the racer and for the lady injured’.

It said the organization should “ cancel the testing and tuning for tomorrow ” and that the track has “ some sensor issues and crash barrier damage. ”

Donor Wes Snow also said he hoped event organizers would do more to keep spectators a safe distance from the track

Donor Wes Snow also said he hoped event organizers would do more to keep spectators a safe distance from the track