Raceway simulates car landing in stands to give staff mass casualty training

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WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah -- At a racetrack, staff members have to be prepared for everything, including a race car landing in the stands.

This weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceway, that exact scenario was played out in a simulation designed to train staff members how to handle disaster if the real thing strikes.

Managers said every staff member was involved, and they drilled on how to respond to everything from people with lacerations to someone who lost a limb and even fatalities.

“All of the staffs at the track, from concessions to event staff and all things in between, they all have assignments when an incident like this happens, and we simulated all of that today,” said General Manager Mike Eames.

Eames said the raceway would rely heavily on supporting agencies if this type of emergency were to happen. He said they haven’t had a real accident of this nature for a very long time.