An NHRA safety official, unidentified by the NHRA, was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital at Santa Rosa, Calif., after being struck by debris during the final Friday session of Top Fuel qualifying for the Sonoma Nationals.
According to an ESPN3 report, he was alert and moving. The NHRA statement said he "was responding to medical staff when he was transported."
The NHRA crew member is described by ESPN as a senior member of the Safety Safari. The network reported that shrapnel or debris struck him in the back of the head as he turned away from the explosion from Khalid al Balooshi’s Al-Anabi/Toyota Dragster.
He was flown to Santa Rosa Hospital via helicopter. He was conscious and talking to safety personnel.
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