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Man injured during Carroll County Fair demolition derby

Published: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 6:22 p.m. CST • Updated: Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 8:21 p.m. CST

MILLEDGEVILLE – A man was injured while watching the demolition derby Saturday night at the Carroll County Fair.

Christopher M. Heisler, 32, of Milledgeville, was watching the event when a piece of metal from one of the cars flew into the stands, striking him in the chest. The metal had to be pulled out from his chest.

Officials believe a car motor might have blown apart, propeling the metal toward the crowd.

Milledgeville Police Chief Jim Haag said Milledgeville Fire Protection District personnel, who were on scene for the derby, initially responded in the stands and then requested aid from Mount Carroll paramedics.

"The paramedics were also already on the grounds because of the event, so help came quickly," Haag said.

Heisler was taken to CGH Medical Center and then transferred to Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was in fair condition Sunday night.

The demolition derby was not stopped while the emergency was handled, and the event was completed.

Fair officials declined to comment on the incident Sunday.

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