WEST LABANON, Conn. (WTNH) – An East Hartford man has been hospitalized with burns and injuries to his eye, after is drag-racing car exploded.
The driver, 34-year-old Jose Santana was airlifted to the hospital after his cars motor blew up in the pit area of the drag strip at Lebanon Valley Dragway. The car was being tuned up for the race at the time.
Santana’s injuries are non-life threatening. Investigators are trying to determine why the engine exploded.
This accident happened just a week after a 20-year-old driver was struck and killed by NASCAR champion Tony Stewart at a race track in upstate New York.