Tire explodes on local man at Yakima Speedway

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A Yakima man is in intensive care after a freak accident at the Yakima Speedway on the Fourth of July. The 23-year-old was filling a tire when it exploded and hit him in the head. Christopher Morrison is now being treated in Seattle.

Christopher Morrison loves racing. This is video of him racing at the Yakima Speedway three weeks ago.

"Majority of his time is at the track so when he's at the track, that's what he does, he just helps people out," said Christopher's father Brad Morrison.

Christopher comes from a racing family, taking after his father. And, started himself when he was 17.

His dad says Christopher is a pit crew member who helps racers on the track. Christopher was doing just that before the gates opened on the Fourth of July.

He was filling a tire when it exploded and hit him in the head.

"I instantly got down and tried to help him as much as I could until the paramedics got there," said Brad.

All he could think about was helping his son. Paramedics with the Yakima Fire Department responded.

Christopher has severe head trauma, a broken leg and broken fingers. But, his father says he's making good progress and has been stabilized.

"We're going to get through this," said Brad. "It's just going to take a lot of road, long road to recovery."

Christopher isn't able to speak, but he does respond to commands. No one knows when he'll be out of intensive care, but the family is staying positive.

"We're doing really good," said Brad. "I mean, compared to what he went through and how good he's coming out of it, we are doing really, really well."

KIMA reached out to the Yakima Speedway for a comment, but our calls were not returned.

There will be a fundraiser for Christopher at 7-Eleven on 1711 E. Nob Hill Boulevard Friday and Save-On-Foods in Selah Sunday from 10am - 4pm.

You can also make donations at Banner Bank for the Christopher Morrison Fund.