Tuesday, May 20, 2008


This accident may look horrific but the driver miraculously managed to walk away, despite his boat flipping over at high-speed. Joe Peroceschi, from Wisconsin, was thrown from the boat as he tried to overtake another competitor during a race. 'Smokin Joe' spun up at 180 degrees as it passed 'Poppa's Toy', driven by Rick Conklin, of Illinois. Strong winds were blamed for the accident at the Budweiser Drag Boat Nationals race. A ferocious gust lifted the boat up from behind, tipping it onto its front. Peroceschi lost control of the powerful engine and was unceremoniously flung into the lake, dangerously close to an oncoming driver. Remarkably, the gutsy driver survived but reportedly suffered a shattered pelvis. The race took place at Wappapello Lake in southeast Missouri on Sunday.

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