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Safety first at local monster truck rally

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- The monster trucks are in Waterloo for an event Friday night and organizers are doing all they can to make sure tragedies that happened at shows in the past two weeks don't happen again.

Last weekend in Madison, Wisconsin hundreds of people witnessed a promoter's death when he stepped in the path of one of the trucks. Investigators say it was an accident and the man and the driver never saw each other.

A six-year-old boy was killed at a monster truck show in Washington state January 16th. That show was run by a different company. A metal ring from a monster truck flew into the stands and hit a boy in the head.

Drivers for the TNT Steel Monster Truck Tour admit there have been accidents in the past, but they also say the risks at their shows are just like any other sport such as NASCAR and even professional baseball.

Promoters of the tour say they must follow strict guidelines to make sure everyone in the audience stays safe. 

"What I feel after so many years I tell everybody when you're on the floor and you're at the show, when there is a truck running you should be looking all the way around you.  You need eyes in the back of your head as well. Yeah you get scared at times and even driving the monster truck that's scary as well, but it's also a lot of fun too," announcer and monster truck driver, Mike Fonder said.

Another safety feature at McElroy auditorium is that audience members won't get to sit in the box seats around the arena, which will keep them a little further away from the danger

Friday's monster truck show at McElroy Auditorium in Waterloo begins at eight o'clock. There is a rally Saturday night as well. 

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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