Community grieves Lebanon Valley Speedway accident victim

NEW LEBANON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Condolences have poured in for the family of a man who died after crashing on the Lebanon Valley Speedway.

Shawn Rivers tragically died Tuesday night. He was inside a Winnebago motor home, which was specifically modified for the race, when it was hit by another vehicle.

Adam Salzer’s son saw it all unfold.

“He had told me about the awful crash that had happened,” he said. “The trailer looked like it came apart; looked like it blew apart.”

NEWS10 ABC is not showing the moment of impact that ended Rivers’ life.

Police said the motor home overturned, landed on the roof, and trapped Rivers inside. He suffered massive head trauma leading to fatal injuries.

PHOTO: Eric Garvansites
PHOTO: Eric Garvansites

Blue tarps were brought out to shield spectators from what was going on, according to Salzer. Now he’s concerned about what his son witnessed and what other families saw that night at the track.

“He is quite shaken; he’s upset,” Salzer said of his son. “Never seen anything in this magnitude at the track.”

The accident has also brought up safety concerns. As a frequent race goer himself, Salzer wondered if extra safety nets could have prevented the accident.

“What I’m curious about is was there a five-point harness, safety belt restraint system, and was there a roll cage around the driver” he positioned.

Police revealed there was no roll cage.

An event was scheduled for Wednesday night but was canceled.

On its Facebook page, the speedway said “Lebanon Valley Speedway would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the Rivers family following the unfortunate incident last evening.”

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