Easley man killed when car flips at Upstate dragway

By D. C. Moody - dmoody@civitasmedia.com

WARE SHOALS — It was a usual Saturday night of racing July 30 at Ware Shoals Dragway when the unthinkable happened and an Easley man was killed when his car left the track.

Anthony Craig Owen, 38, of Easley had just begun a run down the 1/8 mile track when he lost of control of his vehicle and struck a retaining wall and flipped several times before striking other vehicles and coming to rest.

Owen was transported to Laurens County Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival at 6:53 p.m., according to the Laurens County Corner’s Office.

Laurens County Coroner Nick Nichols said an autopsy was scheduled for Monday and details would be released afterward.

Officials have stated a man on the sidelines was also injured as he watched the races with his family.

According to reports, the man was able to “shove” his 3-year-old child out of the way but the child was also injured and airlifted for treatment. No updates were available concerning the father and child injured on Monday.

The racers involved in the night’s events continued racing and reports are that an agreement was reached that the night’s winner would donate the proceeds to Owen’s family. That information could not be confirmed.

The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office is also investigating.

By D. C. Moody


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