Mud run crash narrowly misses young boys, pregnant mother

WARRENTON, Mo. (KSDK) - An out of control off-road vehicle smashed into a building Saturday at the Warren County Fair, narrowly missing two young boys and their pregnant mother.

Now that mom and others are raising questions about safety at the fair.

"I heard gravel and then I heard people screaming and you could hear the metal tearing as the car was coming through the wall," said Jennifer Rebura.

She was with her three and five year-old sons inside the building during the crash.

Rebura's oldest son ran away when he heard the crash happening. She says the move saved the boy's life.

"Where the car eventually stopped was where he was standing. So if he hadn't ran things could've been a lot different."

The vehicle was part of a mud run on the fairgrounds track. For an unknown reason it didn't stop in the shutdown area. The vehicle collided with concrete barriers and went airborne before crashing into the building and catching on fire. The driver had to be airlifted to a hospital. Another person had minor injuries.

Rebura feels the building and track are too close together and worries something similar could happen again.

"I've heard from multiple people that it was really unsafe and that the shutdown lane was too short and there weren't enough safety precautions in place," said Rebura.

Paul Owenby, president of the fair's board, says the crash was strictly an accident and should serve as a wakeup call to organizations that you can never have too many safety measures in place.

Owenby tells NewsChannel 5 a group called Mid-Missouri Off-Roaders was handling the mud run and they're already looking at more safety requirements in vehicles.

The group did not respond to a request for comment.


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