MADISON, Wis. -- An announcer was struck and killed at Saturday's Monster Nationals truck show at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison.
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The man killed was identified as George Eisenhart Jr., 41, of Chardon, Ohio, according to the Dane County coroner. The coroner said that Eisenhart was one of the show's promoters as well as the announcer. He was apparently struck by one of the monster trucks on Saturday night.
For 16 years Eisenhart brought his passion for monster trucks to Madison.
The regular event attracted an audience of 7,000 people on Saturday night.
Those who knew him say Eisenhart's top concern was always safety.
The event promoter spoke with WISC-TV about safety measures just a few hours before Saturday's big show.
But near the end of the show, Eisenhart was struck and killed.
"He was standing in a well coming out onto the floor, one vehicle had passed him," said Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney.
But it was the second truck called Samson, driven by Daniel Patrick of Ohio, that hit and killed the 41-year-old husband and father of two.
"The preliminary investigation indicates that neither the truck driver nor Mr. Eisenhart saw each other before the collision," said Dane County Medical Examiner John Stanley.
Video shot from a local fan caught the entire accident as it happened.
"We learned today that a lot of the direction that comes after drivers go over the cars is dependant upon how the trucks hit the cars and what happens with the trucks when they come to a landing," said Mahoney.
Dane County investigators said there are no set rules for drivers to follow. Investigators said the shows promoters, led by Eisenhart, followed all of the safety measures required during the event.
The safety requirements include not allowing anyone in the arena while a truck is on and moving, except for the announcer. Each truck must have a working engine shut-off switch, and each driver must have the required safety gear.
"I can't tell you exactly why he went out on the floor. I think that this is a very tragic accident," said Mahoney.
Dane County investigators completed their investigation on Sunday and are calling the situation a terrible accident.
The overall investigation will now go to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA.
No one from Monster Truck Nationals has commented on the tragedy, but the organization's MySpace page pays tribute to Eisenhart.
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