MTRA Official Statement: Haaksbergen Incident
The Monster Truck Racing Association is currently conducting an investigation of an incident which took place on September 28, 2014 at the AutoMotorSportief event in Haaksbergen, Overijssel. This unfortunate incident resulted in three fatalities and fifteen additional spectators injured.
The exact nature of the vehicle malfunction is still under investigation, however as in the case of the tragedy which took place nearly one year prior in Chihuahua, Mexico, the overriding factor was the placement and proximity of the spectators to the performance area. This event which was promoted by Star Events Foundation Haaksbergen took place in the Stationsstraat which is a street in the center of the town. Spectators were situated at event level and in close proximity to the performance area separated by only bike rack barricades. In addition, an on-board Remote Ignition Interrupter (RII) which would have allowed event staff to instantly disable the vehicle does not appear to have been utilized.
The Board strongly believes that adherence to MTRA standards for equipment and protocol would have afforded multiple layers of safety precaution for spectators and staff alike and would have undoubtedly prevented such a tragedy. This once again serves as an unfortunate reminder of the importance of observance to these critical minimum standards. We urge all of those considering to promote Monster Truck related events to join the MTRA and observe our minimum standards. In addition we ask that the ownership of venues hosting, as well as Insurance Companies underwriting, Monster Truck related events insist on proof that these minimum safety standards are being met.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the families of those lost, and we pray for a full and speedy recovery for all of those injured in this incident.
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Monster Truck Racing Association