N.C. volunteer firefighter dies after ATV crash

Brock Currens, 17, was trying to help extinguish a car fire at a motorsports park when he crashed his ATV


By Zachery Eanes
The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

BENSON, N.C.—A 17-year-old died after an ATV crash on Saturday evening at the Galot Motorsports Park in Johnston County.

The young man was identified as Brock Currens, a volunteer firefighter, according to ABC11, The News & Observer's news partner.

Brock Currens was in the Four Oaks Volunteer Firefighter Fire Program in Johnston County, N.C. (Courtesy/Four Oaks Volunteer Fire Department Facebook)
Brock Currens was in the Four Oaks Volunteer Firefighter Fire Program in Johnston County, N.C. (Courtesy/Four Oaks Volunteer Fire Department Facebook)

He suffered fatal injuries after flipping over the handlebars of the ATV while braking, a Johnston County Sheriff's Office official told The News & Observer. He was transported from the park but later died of his injuries, the official said.

The incident occurred during a crash derby that Galot Motorsports Park, in Dunn off N.C. 242, hosted on Saturday night, according to the park's Facebook page.

The event was a full-contact derby, which is described as a combination of round track racing and a demolition derby.

Around 20 people participated in the derby, according to a list of competitors on the park's Facebook page.

The crash happened after one of the cars competing in the race caught on fire, Jeff Caldwell, a captain with the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, said in a phone interview. Caldwell said it was his understanding that the man was acting as a volunteer firefighter, though not in an official capacity, and was trying to help with the fire when he crashed his four-wheeler.

The sheriff's office interviewed multiple individuals at the track before determining the crash was an accident.

Efforts to reach Galot Motorsports Park were not immediately successful.

Copyright The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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