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Jordan Anderson Airlifted to Local Hospital After Fiery Crash at Talladega

By David Morgan, Associate Editor

TALLADEGA, Ala. – Following an incident in the closing laps of the first stage of Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, Jordan Anderson has been transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

Running inside the top-10 in the Chevy Silverado 250, Anderson looked to be in a good position to challenge at the end of the stage when flames erupted from under the hood of his No. 3 truck in Turn 1, with the intensity of the fire quickly growing in ferocity.

As the flames grew larger and were even seen inside the cab of the truck, Anderson spun sideways and began trying to get his truck to a stop. Eventually, the truck would find itself headed toward the inside wall on the backstretch.

Anderson dropped his window net and was already halfway out of the driver’s side window when the truck made impact with the wall. Somehow, Anderson was able to scramble the rest of the way out of the cockpit and ran across the top of the wall to escape the flames before collapsing near medical officials when he returned to ground level.

After a number of minutes being tended to by medics as he laid on the track, he was put on a stretcher and taken to the Infield Care Center before ultimately being loaded onto the medical helicopter and transported to Birmingham for a more thorough evaluation.

FOX Sports reported that Anderson was awake and alert in the Infield Care Center, but had sustained some burns and was in pain after the incident.

Saturday was Anderson’s fifth Truck Series start of the season for the team that bears his name. His best finish of the season came with a 14th place result at Texas Motor Speedway in May.

UPDATE: Anderson posted to social media on Saturday evening, expressing his thanks for the thoughts and prayers for him and explaining that he had suffered second degree burns on his neck, face, arm, hands, and both knees, but would be released from the hospital shortly thereafter to complete his recovery at home.

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David Morgan is the Associate Editor for Motorsports Tribune. A 2008 graduate from the University of Mississippi, David has followed NASCAR since the early 90’s and became hooked at an early age after attending his first race at Talladega Superspeedway in 1993. He has traveled across the country since 2012 to cover some of the most prestigious events both IndyCar and NASCAR have to offer, with an aim to only expand on that in the near future.