Sprint car driver identified after fatal crash at Midstate race track

Courtesy: Joseph Motley

MONROE TOWNSHIP, Pa. (WHTM) – Officials have released the name of a sprint car driver who died in an accident at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night.

James “Jim” Campbell Jr., of Feasterville in Bucks County, was killed when his car crashed at the third corner of the speedway during practice laps, according to a news release from Williams Grove.

Witness Cassie Reese described what she saw to abc27. First, a car hit the wall and caught fire. A second car collided with it and flipped. A third car then crashed and a fourth maneuvered around the others.

To show respect to Campbell’s family, the Saturday Series racing program has been canceled. For more information on the speedway’s rain check policy, visit www.williamsgrove.com.

 

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The Cumberland County Coroner has been called to Williams Grove Speedway after a Sprint Car driver was killed.

Track officials say a crash happened during a hot lap for tonight’s event.

According to the track website, 410 sprints and URC 358/360 sprint car challenge were to be run tonight.

It was also a kids night at the track.

The track cancelled the remainder of the event.

Witness Cassie Reese says the crash started when a car hit the wall and caught fire.

Reese says a second car collided with it and flipped.

She says a third car crashed and a fourth maneuvered around the others.

Reese says she has been going to races at Williams Grove for years and has seen a lot of crashes.

She said it didn’t take long for fans to understand that this crash was serious.

Reese added that a Life Lion helicopter was seen flying around, but it never landed.

The name of the driver involved has not yet been released.

Stay with abc27 on air and online for the latest developments.

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