SELINSGROVE, Pa. (WHTM) – A Juniata County race car driver was critically injured in a crash Sunday night at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Selinsgrove Speedway reported 32-year-old Jake Waters of Mifflintown was injured when his sprint car flipped over and caught fire on lap four of the 20-lap main event. He was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital and admitted to the Burn Recovery Center with second and third degree burns.
A tweet from the speedway said he was talking and conscious when he got into an ambulance.
A hospital spokesperson said he was listed in critical but stable condition.
An emergency responder and another driver were injured trying to get Waters out of the wreckage. The speedway said racer Austin Burke of Saylorsburg and firefighter Mark Raker of Mifflinburg were recovering at home.
The remainder of the race was cancelled. Sunday’s purse will be donated to the Waters family to assist with medical expenses.
Cards may be sent to Lehigh Valley Hospital—Cedar Crest, 1200 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Kasych Family Pavilion SK Room 34, Attention Jake Waters, Allentown, PA 18103.