Man dies after ATV crash at Johnston County motorsports park

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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.

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.

Zachery Eanes is the Innovate Raleigh reporter for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He covers technology, startups and main street businesses, biotechnology, and education issues related to those areas.