The Tokyo Reporter

Tire flies off race car during drift race, seriously injuring woman

An accident during a training run for a drift racing competition in Tochigi Prefecture left one person seriously injured

TOCHIGI (TR) – A woman was seriously injured by a tire that came off a race car during a training run for a drift race, police said on Sunday.

Shoko Suzuki, 35, was struck in the back by the race car’s front right tire that came loose during a practice run for the Nikko Circuit competition at around 9 a.m. in Utsunomiya City, Tochigi Prefecture, Nippon News Network reports (Nov.19).

Such a competition is typified by modified vehicles traveling at a high rates of speed so that their rear wheels skid, or “drift,” during turns.

Suzuki was hospitalized unconscious in serious condition, and the 36-year-old male driver of the car, which crashed after the tire flew off, suffered light injuries.

“The tire came off when I took a sharp left,” the driver told police.

A witness said the tire “came off and bounced once or twice before it flew into the staff seating area.”

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