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Old 04-13-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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Joe Granatelli Hurt BadThis happened at Vegas yesterday. Joey is doing better but not

This happened at Vegas yesterday. Joey is doing better but not out of the woods yet.



Alex and I arrived
at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this morning full of excitement. Not only is our car
seemingly ready to do well, but our friends Lyle Larson and Joey Granatelli were
going to run this wicked V10 1,000 hp Dodge Challenger race car. Originally we
were going to pit side by side, we're debuting Alex and my new "Easy Elegance"
car care products line this weekend as well as racing. But Granatelli Motor
Sports' stacker trailer and motor home are 80 feet long and it wouldn't fit next
to our paid vendor booth. So the track personnel came to us and said the GMS
setup had to move 200 feet over from us. OK, no problem, you guys setup over
there and we'll set up here and work this out. A few minutes later, at about
1:00 PM I hear Lyle screaming for help. I've been around a few tragic events in
my life and know what a serious call for help sounds like.



I ran to the GMS
trailer and Lyle pointed to Joey, pinned under the hydraulic lift rack with the
car still on it. His head and chest were being crushed. I yelled at Lyle to
"take it up" and Lyle said that the cable was cut. Before what he said had sunk
in, I reached down for the rack controller, a hand held unit with "UP" and
"DOWN" buttons on it and it took a second or two to realize that the unit's cord
was severed. Lyle said something about how the cord got caught in the lift
mechanism, severed and the 5,000 pound combined weight of the race car and
lift rack fell on Joey. I yelled at Joey, "Joey, can you hear me! JOEY!" but
there was no response. I said we have to get the weight off him,
lets free the car and push it out. Lyle and I ran to the back of the car, lay
down and worked at freeing the rear tie downs holding the car. The car was tied
to the lift with four tie downs, two in back and two in front to secure during
trailering on the highway. As we started to release the car I was still yelling
at Joey and he wasn't responding. I looked forward under the car and saw Joey.
His head was crushed by about 1/3 of it's normal width, he was purple, not
breathing and bloody foam was on his lips.



I have a weird
mental mechanism that kicks in during a crisis, a circuit breaker pops in my
mind and I lose all emotion. Time slows down and I just deal with logic and
rational solutions, I'm not quite human when this happens. It dates back to
traumas that happened in my early life. When I looked forward and saw that Joey
was dying, I went into this mode. I yelled out to the five or six guys there by
now, "Screw the tie downs, cut them loose, get knives or box cutters, cut the
car free." Lyle and I cut the rear tie downs but someone up front yelled, "We
can't cut these, the car is too low and his body is blocking access." I ran
around to the side entrance by the front and saw what they meant. At this point
I thought to myself, "Joey is dying, he's being crushed and not breathing,
the clock is running, don't let him down, don't let him die." I looked around
and assessed who was with me. Six or so guys, three uselessly panicked and two
still with me a bit but lacking for what to do. I looked at the two that were a
bit there and said to them, "We have to get the car off him." We just grabbed
the front of the car and said "Lift!" and with all of the adrenaline in us
lifted. Nothing, might as well have been trying to move the moon. Muscles popped
in my back, thighs and calf's, but to no avail.



Tick, tock, he
hasn't breathed for two to three minutes, time is running out, I thought to
myself. "Call 9-1-1" I yelled over and over. I knew I had a cell phone on my
hip, but I also knew that no one else was functioning right now and that I
couldn't waste time on the phone, I needed someone else to do this. Oddly,
people were walking away. Both Alex and I heard two guys talking, "He's dead, we
don't want to see this, let's go." Bull****, I thought. Time was crawling,
seconds seemed like minutes, I was able to do a lot of thinking in a second or
two. He's not dead yet, and we're not giving up. We have to get this
weight off him, "Get a jack," I yelled. A pit was ten feet away with people
standing there, "Get a jack!" nothing, just stunned looks on their faces. I saw
Alex by the side door at the front of trailer on her cell phone talking to 9-1-1
and just focused on me, waiting for me to tell her what to do. I was
thinking we have to get the weight off him, who can help me? I looked around and
again the only face I saw that seemed focused and ready was Alex. She was on her phone with
9-1-1 and looking at me intently. Of all the faces around around me, she
seemed aware of the seriousness of the situation and at the same time ready
to do something. Seeing her I thought, we have a strong new jack in our own pit
200 feet away, "Alex! Go get our jack!" And bless her heart she took off at a
dead run to our pit. Alex weighs 110 pounds and our good jack is about 50
pounds. She lifted it and ran back at a full sprint. She threw it to me in the
trailer and I grabbed it like it weighed nothing. The two guys who hadn't
succumbed to panic were still there with me. I tossed them the jack and they put
it under the rack near Joey's head. I locked the handle and pumped like mad, the
car lift moved a little and then stuck. I was straining with all my might on the
jack and one of the two guys with their minds clear threw his weight on the jack
handle too. We heaved on it until the lift broke and popped up a few inches. We
jacked hard until the lift and car were off of Joey's head and chest. I figure
it was about five minutes from accident to getting the lift off him, the whole
time with him not breathing and his skull crushed.



I had no idea how
long our jack would hold all this weight and I turned to the door and there was
Alex, tuning everything out and focused on me. "Get as many of our jack stands
as you can carry from our pit," and she was off again. She came back at a dead
run with three of our jack stands. I grabbed them and the two guys and I put
them under the lift rack to make sure it couldn't fall on Joey.



A woman was there by
then, a retired EMT and she felt a pulse in Joey's wrist. "Don't move him she
said," and we said Amen. Then Joey coughed and gasped, as beautiful a sound as
either Alex or I have heard. But he wasn't breathing much. EMTs and police and
paramedics arrived and took over. Alex and I spent the next three or four hours
giving statements and walking law enforcement and OSHA threw our account of
events.



Joey is fighting for
his life in a trauma room at UMC in Las Vegas. It's almost 3:00 AM and I'm not
well, my back is killing me. Please pray for Joey and his
family.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:41 PM   #2
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This happened at Vegas yesterday. Joey is doing better but not out of the woods yet.



Alex and I arrived
at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this morning full of excitement. Not only is our car
seemingly ready to do well, but our friends Lyle Larson and Joey Granatelli were
going to run this wicked V10 1,000 hp Dodge Challenger race car. Originally we
were going to pit side by side, we're debuting Alex and my new "Easy Elegance"
car care products line this weekend as well as racing. But Granatelli Motor
Sports' stacker trailer and motor home are 80 feet long and it wouldn't fit next
to our paid vendor booth. So the track personnel came to us and said the GMS
setup had to move 200 feet over from us. OK, no problem, you guys setup over
there and we'll set up here and work this out. A few minutes later, at about
1:00 PM I hear Lyle screaming for help. I've been around a few tragic events in
my life and know what a serious call for help sounds like.



I ran to the GMS
trailer and Lyle pointed to Joey, pinned under the hydraulic lift rack with the
car still on it. His head and chest were being crushed. I yelled at Lyle to
"take it up" and Lyle said that the cable was cut. Before what he said had sunk
in, I reached down for the rack controller, a hand held unit with "UP" and
"DOWN" buttons on it and it took a second or two to realize that the unit's cord
was severed. Lyle said something about how the cord got caught in the lift
mechanism, severed and the 5,000 pound combined weight of the race car and
lift rack fell on Joey. I yelled at Joey, "Joey, can you hear me! JOEY!" but
there was no response. I said we have to get the weight off him,
lets free the car and push it out. Lyle and I ran to the back of the car, lay
down and worked at freeing the rear tie downs holding the car. The car was tied
to the lift with four tie downs, two in back and two in front to secure during
trailering on the highway. As we started to release the car I was still yelling
at Joey and he wasn't responding. I looked forward under the car and saw Joey.
His head was crushed by about 1/3 of it's normal width, he was purple, not
breathing and bloody foam was on his lips.



I have a weird
mental mechanism that kicks in during a crisis, a circuit breaker pops in my
mind and I lose all emotion. Time slows down and I just deal with logic and
rational solutions, I'm not quite human when this happens. It dates back to
traumas that happened in my early life. When I looked forward and saw that Joey
was dying, I went into this mode. I yelled out to the five or six guys there by
now, "Screw the tie downs, cut them loose, get knives or box cutters, cut the
car free." Lyle and I cut the rear tie downs but someone up front yelled, "We
can't cut these, the car is too low and his body is blocking access." I ran
around to the side entrance by the front and saw what they meant. At this point
I thought to myself, "Joey is dying, he's being crushed and not breathing,
the clock is running, don't let him down, don't let him die." I looked around
and assessed who was with me. Six or so guys, three uselessly panicked and two
still with me a bit but lacking for what to do. I looked at the two that were a
bit there and said to them, "We have to get the car off him." We just grabbed
the front of the car and said "Lift!" and with all of the adrenaline in us
lifted. Nothing, might as well have been trying to move the moon. Muscles popped
in my back, thighs and calf's, but to no avail.



Tick, tock, he
hasn't breathed for two to three minutes, time is running out, I thought to
myself. "Call 9-1-1" I yelled over and over. I knew I had a cell phone on my
hip, but I also knew that no one else was functioning right now and that I
couldn't waste time on the phone, I needed someone else to do this. Oddly,
people were walking away. Both Alex and I heard two guys talking, "He's dead, we
don't want to see this, let's go." Bull****, I thought. Time was crawling,
seconds seemed like minutes, I was able to do a lot of thinking in a second or
two. He's not dead yet, and we're not giving up. We have to get this
weight off him, "Get a jack," I yelled. A pit was ten feet away with people
standing there, "Get a jack!" nothing, just stunned looks on their faces. I saw
Alex by the side door at the front of trailer on her cell phone talking to 9-1-1
and just focused on me, waiting for me to tell her what to do. I was
thinking we have to get the weight off him, who can help me? I looked around and
again the only face I saw that seemed focused and ready was Alex. She was on her phone with
9-1-1 and looking at me intently. Of all the faces around around me, she
seemed aware of the seriousness of the situation and at the same time ready
to do something. Seeing her I thought, we have a strong new jack in our own pit
200 feet away, "Alex! Go get our jack!" And bless her heart she took off at a
dead run to our pit. Alex weighs 110 pounds and our good jack is about 50
pounds. She lifted it and ran back at a full sprint. She threw it to me in the
trailer and I grabbed it like it weighed nothing. The two guys who hadn't
succumbed to panic were still there with me. I tossed them the jack and they put
it under the rack near Joey's head. I locked the handle and pumped like mad, the
car lift moved a little and then stuck. I was straining with all my might on the
jack and one of the two guys with their minds clear threw his weight on the jack
handle too. We heaved on it until the lift broke and popped up a few inches. We
jacked hard until the lift and car were off of Joey's head and chest. I figure
it was about five minutes from accident to getting the lift off him, the whole
time with him not breathing and his skull crushed.



I had no idea how
long our jack would hold all this weight and I turned to the door and there was
Alex, tuning everything out and focused on me. "Get as many of our jack stands
as you can carry from our pit," and she was off again. She came back at a dead
run with three of our jack stands. I grabbed them and the two guys and I put
them under the lift rack to make sure it couldn't fall on Joey.



A woman was there by
then, a retired EMT and she felt a pulse in Joey's wrist. "Don't move him she
said," and we said Amen. Then Joey coughed and gasped, as beautiful a sound as
either Alex or I have heard. But he wasn't breathing much. EMTs and police and
paramedics arrived and took over. Alex and I spent the next three or four hours
giving statements and walking law enforcement and OSHA threw our account of
events.



Joey is fighting for
his life in a trauma room at UMC in Las Vegas. It's almost 3:00 AM and I'm not
well, my back is killing me. Please pray for Joey and his
family.
Saw this on another forum, I haven't been able to get a hold of him or his family.
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Old 04-13-2012, 07:47 PM   #3
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I don't know Joe nor do I know you,,, I do know that your life is very preciouse in the eye of our creator Lord Jesus Christ,,, i will pray that the life of Joe is not taken and that he accepts Jesus before is to late.
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Thoughts and prayers going out to Joe and his family. OP: atta boy for being able to assess the situation and do something about it!!!!! I hope your own injuries heal soon.
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I sure hope he can pull through. Terrible accident.
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good lord, great (but) horrible story. I'm praying for Joey and his family. Thank God you kept going. God will take care of it now.
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Thank God his life was saved. Bless those that helped in a truly tragic and stressful moment. Prayers for Joe's family and friends.
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Sorry to hear that, I am sure that all will be well, our prayers go out to him and his family.
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Wow:(.Thoughts and prayers. Get well soon Joe.
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Thoughts and prayers with him and all his family and friends.

OP...you did good in helping in every way. Good man!
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Saw this on another forum, I haven't been able to get a hold of him or his family.
Which forum was that?

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