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Monster truck safety inspection Thursday

Post by Kris Sherman / The News Tribune on Jan. 13, 2010 at 6:48 pm with 6 Comments »
January 13, 2010 7:48 pm

Monster trucks are coming back to the Tacoma Dome this weekend, and promoters will give a safety inspection demonstration to the media Thursday morning.

Five Monster Jam shows are scheduled in the Dome Friday through Sunday; two of them on the first anniversary of an accident that killed a 6-year-old Graham Elementary kindergartner.

Sebastian Hizey died of head injuries after he was struck by a hunk of metal that flew off a truck and soared into the stands during a show on Jan. 16, 2009. An Edgewood man was severely injured in the accident.

Monster Jam officials will talk Thursday morning about “modifications made to the inspection process” since the behemoth trucks were last in Tacoma., according to a press advisory.

News crews haven’t been invited to before-event inspections in the past.

“Members of the media can join the operations team and follow the safety inspection process for the most popular monster trucks in the world,” a Monster Jam media alert says.

“We wanted to make sure that people are confident and comfortable in coming to our shows,” Feld Motor Sports spokeswoman Amy McWethy told The News Tribune Wednesday.

“We wanted to show and demonstrate the inspection process that our trucks go through.”

Feld Entertainment, the show’s parent company, settled a claim with the boy’s father, Jessie Hizey, in August. The sum of the settlement was not disclosed.

The company and its attorneys are working with another injured fan toward a resolution of his claim, McWethy said.

Bill Easterly, a senior company official, is scheduled to discuss details of safety precautions during the demonstration Thursday.

H’s satisfied the company takes every precaution possible to ensure the safety of  spectators, drivers and other show personnel, he told The News Tribune last month.

The city’s contract with the company requires it to provide $2 million in liability insurance and  contains provisions protecting the city from claims.

Tacoma Dome officials said last month they’ve worked with Feld on some safety issues, but they rely on the show presenter to ensure the huge trucks are safely operated during the drive-and-smash spectacles.

The Monster Jam is returning to Tacoma because it’s a popular event with a big fan base in the Puget Sound area, promoters and Tacoma Dome officials said.

Five Monster Jam shows are scheduled over the weekend, with tickets selling for $10 and $20, not including a $2 facility fee or handling and service fees.

Previous stories:
Family mourns son killed at truck show
Police report: Wild scene revealed on deadly night at the Dome
Deal reached in death at Tacoma monster-truck show

Leave a comment Comments → 6
  1. Mannix45 says:

    This is one of the biggest wastes of precious fossil fuel on this planet.

  2. The promoter for the monster truck needs to stop using some local billy bob redneck who thinks anyone can build a monster truck to help fill the bill. If you notice the problem truck wasn’t one of The big name monster truck that you see every event. Till this practice stop chances are you’ll have another accident

  3. blahbl4hblah says:

    That was the first incident of it’s kind… EVER… So tell me, when will another one happen, hmm? Oh wait, you don’t know shit about anything? That’s right. Maybe you should keep your mouth shut if you don’t know what the hell you’re talking about. FTW.

  4. princessnancy says:

    After last year’s tragedy I don’t understand why anyone would take the chance to jeopardize their family by attending this event. I guess there are a lot of stupid rednecks out there!

  5. ok first to mannix there are more fossil fuels out there then you can think about they are not that preicous as you might think dont be misled do your own research and let go of the tree it doesnt want to be hugged .
    toocan please get a grip there is more money in those trucks then you make in a year and the saftey precautions on them are pretty damn good.
    and for lil princessnancy yes it was a tragedy but dont you put your family in potential danger everyday you live they dont close all major highways or quit flying or stop all cruise ships just because someone was killed at least if you want you can stay in your house for the rest of your life and never have to leave with email groceries and everything else you could ever need delivered to your house. come on now take the helmets and bubble wrap off you and your family and live life you only get one so enjoy it and i wouldnt bad mouth rednecks they aint stupid morons like you think they is LOL!!!! some probably alot more then you think have MORE EDUCATION AND FAMILY VALUES THEN MOST CITY SLICKERS AND COMMON SENSE TO BOOT

  6. TINKSMOM2 says:

    First off let me say that I feel for Hizey family, the death of their son was a terrible tragedy! As a mother of 6 children I can’t imagine. They are in my prayers….This accident was a tragedy I don’t think any of you can argue with that…however, Accidents do happen..let’s be realistic…are we going to ban the Mariner’s from playing because someone took a 100 mph fastball to the head while sitting in the stands? Of course not, (If they survived they would keep that ball forever as a keepsake and want it autographed by the player)we all take risks the moment we step out of bed every day. When you walk through the door at any event you are taking a risk of getting injured or death. I think jim_h hit the nail on the head…so I won’t repeat it…let’s all get a life and quit trying to find someone or something to blame when tragedy strikes…I will be thinking of you narrow minded idiots as I sit in the stand with my children at monster trucks this weekend! Have fun living life in bubble wrap!

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