By Geena Martinez
MIDLAND - In a matter of seconds, a Midland man went from racing his car to being seriously injured at a local race track.
NewsWest 9 spoke to a member of the victim's crew and the owner of the track.
They said Doug Meshirer was drag racing at the track when the unexpected happened. Those who were there on the scene say, although it was a horrible accident, it could've been even worse.
They go from zero to 150 miles per hour in just four and half seconds.
"You just hope and pray that when you get to the end down there where he is, that everything's ok," Showtime Racing Crew Chief, Kenny Elrod, said.
But Jimmy Farmer said what started off as a normal run at the Desert Thunder race track quickly turned into a nightmare.
"I watched the run, he ran straight as an arrow," Farmer said. "I turned around to walk off and I heard the noise."
Doug Meshirer was racing his car for the Showtime Drag Racing Team when something went wrong.
"His helmet came up just a little bit and blocked his vision and he got out of the groove," Elrod said. "He rolled about eight times and suffered some major injuries."
Doug's arms somehow came out of the restraints and were crushed by the car as it rolled. Both arms were partially severed.
"It was just one of those freak accidents," Elrod said.
"We got there as fast as we could," Farmer said. "You never like to see a situation like this happen."
Doug was rushed to Midland Memorial Hospital. He was in surgery for seven hours and doctors saved both of his arms.
Elrod said it's tough to imagine what else could've happened.
"Another car that was supposed to race against us, he broke, so we got a free run," he said.
Both men said safety is top priority in this sport, and although accidents happen, they're just happy one of their own is alive and well.
"In our race community, this is our family," Farmer said.
"When one hurts, we all hurt and I want to thank everybody who helped us last night," Elrod said. "They reacted really good to save a man's life. They did a good job."
Elrod was visiting at the hospital with Doug and his family and he said Doug is in good spirits and even making jokes.
Farmer said they plan on having some fundraisers and setting up a bank account to help the family with medical bills.