• Jan 26, 2009
It has been less than ten days since a tragic accident at a Tacoma, Washingon monster truck show killed a six-year old spectator. Now comes word that a promoter/announcer at a Madison, Wisconsin Monster Nationals event has been killed at a similar event run by a different promoter.
According to reports, George Eisenhart Jr., 41, was hit by a monster truck called Samson during competition. Evidently, Eisenhart was standing in a well that feeds out onto the Alliant Energy Center's floor when he was struck. He was subsequently taken to the University of Wisconsin Hospital, but did not survive.

Unlike last weekend's event, the show in Wisconsin was immediately halted and the subsequent Saturday afternoon show was canceled as well.

Early investigation shows that applicable safety regulations were adhered to during the event, and that neither Eisenhart nor Samson's driver, Daniel Patrick, saw each other in the moments leading up to the accident. County investigators and Madison's Occupational Health and Safety officials are looking in to the matter, but early reports suggest that they have yet to find "any obvious safety issues." Associated Press video coverage available after the jump. Thanks for the tip, Jim.

[Source: Channel3000; Associated Press]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes, Stephure, you ARE a bad person. Seeking attention in a manner that you know is tasteless and cruel would support your assertion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So this is why mommy always told me to look both ways before crossing the monster truck show!
      .........I’m going to hell for that comment, but I got a laugh.
      Seriously the dude just walked out in front of the thing, its not like he couldn’t hear the 1000+ hp motor with straight piped exhaust coming.....hate to bring it up but perhaps he did it on purpose?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is very sad. It just seems unimaginable that he could not have heard that second truck about to barrel down on him. He also had to have known that two trucks were on the course instead of just one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Evidently the trucks normally split and go down opposite sides of the arena (not one right after the other). The promoter assumed this was the case and stepped out of the tunnel without looking. Just goes to show that you should probably be on your toes at all times when on an arena floor with monster trucks.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Maybe it was a hybrid monster truck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crazy: before the show he says "I wish I had a big piece of wood to knock on but we have not had an incident"
      • 5 Years Ago
      The time has come to put an end to these “Truck Shows”. They serve no purpose. I’m sure the brown tooth hillbillies’ that attend these shows will find something else to do.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ...Yes, as compared to all the other automotive shows that cure cancer and teach little Timmy to read.
      • 5 Years Ago
      RIP, and condolences to his family and loved ones.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That was in terrible taste, but I can't stop laughing at it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stan Man
      1:39PM (1/26/2009)
      The time has come to put an end to these “Truck Shows”. They serve no purpose. I’m sure the brown tooth hillbillies’ that attend these shows will find something else to do.

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      I assume your into that hot riceball superduper DRIFTING crap in parking lots that last year killed 5 kids or all the deaths with the ricerockets street racing . . .

      I'd rather see some American hillbillies having fun then some sneaking riceballs with their big fartpipes and 150 HP 4 bangers telling us what American sports we should have.

      the guy got killed, it is a shame but nowhere near all the 40,000 auto deaths last year alone on the streets from dorks like you behind the wheel.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah okay, 'good' comments. I didn't think anyone could get an internet connection at a trailer park but you've proved me wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        All motorsports are dangerous!

        -end of discussion
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really do empathize for the family, but I've been to a couple of these shows...you could hear a monster truck coming from three miles away if you were standing underneath a 747 during takeoff, how do you miss that?
        • 5 Years Ago
        *Deaf* as a doorknob, freudian slip.
        • 5 Years Ago
        For the very same reason, after a few years promoting them the deceased was probably as death as a doorknob.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is why your mother taught you to look both ways before walking into traffic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lol, didn't want to laugh but i did.

      i think AB missed the most interesting part though, gathered from CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/26/monster.truck.death/index.html

      "Ironically, Eisenhart talked about the safety of his shows, put on by Monster Truck Nationals, in an interview with a Madison television station before the weekend event.

      "This is our 16th year," Eisenhart told CNN affiliate WKOW. "I wish I had a big piece of wood to knock on right now, but we have not had an incident besides a gal slipping in the aisleway at another location.""
      • 5 Years Ago
      I feel really sad for the family and all involved. Also, I gotta feel for the driver, who just accidentally killed someone and it was not his fault. By the way, all of you pricks who are mocking this deserve to die in a horrid fashion. This was an accident, if you think a truck is going around to the left, and you have earplugs in, like you would, you would think that the truck is behind you to the left. It was, he just didn't know how far to the left it was. It turned out he was closer than he thought it was, and the truck hit him. It's a very sad and tragic incident, but this tallies the monster truck deathtoll to what, 6? As opposed to NASCAR or F1 while monster trucks still put on a very nice spectacle and very close racing. It's cheap entertainment that deserves more respect and don't get it simply because they are American and on the east coast. I enjoy the motorsport, let it be known.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Timothy, good post. Very sad for all involved.
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