The Monster Truck Nationals are in Madison for the first time since an accident last year claimed the life the event's owner.More >>
MADISON (WKOW) -- The Monster Truck and Thrill Show is back in Madison for a second year following a deadly accident at their show.
The Monster Truck Nationals Tour kicked off with a ceremony of a stack of cars made of Pittsburgh Steel and painted in Steelers colors being crushed at the Alliant Energy Center on Friday morning.
Two years ago, a Monster Truck promoter died after being crushed by a truck at the Alliant Center, in what organizers called a tragic accident. Forty-one-year-old George Eisenhart walked into the path of a truck as it completed a turn during the Monster Nationals. The next day's show was canceled as a result. Weeks before that incident, a 6-year-old boy was killed when a piece of metal flew off a truck and struck him at a Monster Truck show in Washington State.
Last year, the Monster Truck show was in Madison again. It began with a moment of silence to remember Eisenhart. Eisenhart was president of a group that worked to improve the safety of the Monster Truck industry. Despite the accident, organizers insist it's a safe sport.
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