Race driver survives fiery wreck

Race car burned during fiery wreck at 411 Race Way in Seymour. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

SEYMOUR, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A Morristown race car driver says he's thankful to many who rushed to save him from a burning car.

Ricky Smith was racing Saturday night at the 411 Race Way in Seymour when he says his car locked up sending him into the wall. He says he doesn't remember much about the accident personally, but once it was over he saw the flames and fuel pouring into the car.

"I just kept saying no no no, Then it just flashed, After that it was just heat and there wasn't nothing I could do," said Smith. "I couldn't see, I couldn't get out. I finally just gave up and started praying. I actually thought I was going to die right there."

While his helmet was melted, his suit protected him from the heat and flames. Two Sevier County Rescue Squad members were burned when the car exploded after the crash. Both were treated and released from the hospital.

"When I finally got out, I saw everyone laying around. It's just a bad situation," said Smith. "I really thought I was gone that night, but I'm standing here today so the Lord took care of me."

Smith and the rescue workers say they're thankful for the people who came out of the stands and the fellow driver who stopped to help.

Smith says he's trying to decide if he'll continue racing.

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