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.
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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