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Boy burned after go-kart bursts into flames at PBIR

By Al Pefley - bio | email
Posted by Rachel Leigh - email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - An 8-year old boy is in critical condition after suffering severe burns in a go-kart crash at the Palm Beach International Raceway off the Beeline Highway.

This accident happened around 2:30 Monday afternoon when Devin Olmstead of Pompano Beach lost control of his go-kart; it flipped over trapping him inside and engulfing him in flames.

Olmstead was first taken by Traumahawk to St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach and later to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Burn Center where he is listed in critical condition.

He has suffered second degree burns to his arms and torso. 

An eyewitness told Fox 29 he saw the child flip the go-kart and the kart burst into flames.

"I saw the go-kart caught on fire, and I jumped the fence and I flipped the kart back over and took off the seat belt. Luckily for us, we saved him. In 30 more seconds if we didn't run to him, he would've died," said Higinio Robles of Homestead, one of the men who rushed over to help.

He says Olmstead was wearing a helmet, and a special protective racing suit. But, he says, it did not appear to be a fire-proof suit. He says he and three or four other guys ran over to help and took off their shirts to smother the flames and wait for an ambulance to get there.
He says the boy kept asking for his dad, and was conscious the whole time.

Ron Dixon, President of the Raceway, said by phone he could not comment on the accident.

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