New York man killed when mud-racing drag car hit tractor at Maco -

New York man killed when mud-racing drag car hit tractor at Macoupin County Fairgrounds

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CARLINVILLE, Ill. ( – A man was killed when a mud-racing drag car went off the end of a track and hit a tractor at the fairgrounds in Carlinville, Illinois Thursday night.

Around 9:25 p.m., deputies with the Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office and the Shipman and Fire Rescue team arrived on the crash scene and extricated the 49-year-old driver from the mud-racing drag car.. 

After being extracted, Kelly Odell, of Williamson, New York, was immediately transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead minutes later by a Macoupin County Coroner.

Friday afternoon, President of the Macoupin County Fair & Agricultural Association Brandon Oxley issued the following statement regarding the fatal accident:

Last night was a tragic accident and a great loss to the racing family that we partner with during the county fair. We deeply appreciate the timely and professional work of the first responders involved in the accident last night.

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