Horrific moment father rescues son from race car after fiery crash
Dean Jones's paternal instinct was on full display when he jumped onto the race track to save his son from a burning car.
On July 20, 2018, NBC News shared a video on its YouTube channel capturing the nerve-wracking moment when Dean rushed to his son's aid.
Dean's son, Mike, was competing when his car burst into flames. The incident happened at the South Boston Speedway in Virginia. It was Father's Day weekend.
Mike was driving a hundred miles an hour when his car spiraled out of control after being hit by another car as he was coming around a curve. His car crashed into a wall. The impact ignited flames.
"Once I saw the flame, I was, 'Get out as quick as you could,'" Mike said in an interview with NBC News.
Mike struggled to get out of the burning car. His father sprang to action. He left his chair and jumped over the pit wall to save him from the burning wreckage.
"When I saw the flames, nothing was gonna stop me to get to his car," Dean told NBC News.
In the video, Dean can be seen pulling his son out of the car. Two other men came to the wreckage and tried to put out the fire as the Dean and Mike walked away to safety.
The father-and-son duo has long shared a passion for car racing. Despite what happened, Mike said he will still continue with the sports and his father will also continue to support him.
Auto racing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world. Many drivers have been killed on the race track. But the sports continues to draw drivers and spectators alike.
Among the worst crashes that have marred the sports are the 1964 Riverside International Raceway, the 1976 German Grand Prix, the 2001 Daytona 500, the 1978 Italian Grand Prix, the 1903 Paris to Madrid Race, and the 1999 Marlboro 500.
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