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A horrific scene played out Thursday night at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida where a race was halted after a truck was sent flying into a safety fence and exploded on contact. Hunter Johnson, the driver of the truck that exploded, survived the crash and reported Friday morning that he’s suffering from a broken T3 vertebrae.
“Hey everyone, I’m bruised up badly and a broken T3 Vertebrae, gonna be in a lot of pain for a bit! Sadly,” Johnson wrote early Friday morning via his Facebook page.
According to Racing America, Johnson and John Heil were involved in the crash that came with three laps left in the Pro Truck feature race when Johnson’s truck went flying.
“Headed to the hospital. How back is hurting but we will let everyone know as soon as we can,” Johnson wrote soon after the crash before he learned of the broken vertebrae. “I’m good everyone just a little back pain! But I’m all good! I’ll post a photo when I can!” he added.
Heil, the other driver involved in the crash is OK, according to a Facebook page for a Heil-owned business. “On behalf of John and his family, thank you to everyone who has reached out after tonight’s wreck – he is okay,” the page announced. “We are thankful that Hunter Johnson was able to ‘walk away’ and to learn that he is doing okay, while being checked out at a local hospital.”