Friday, October 15, 2021

North Dakota Stuntman Known As Flying Farmer Crashed On Jump

Daredevil John Smith, known as the Flying Farmer, crashes his Chevrolet Caprice while attempting to jump on September 25, 2021 in Makoti, ND. (Hunter Andes / Bismarck Tribune via AP)

MAKOTI, ND—The first car jump attempt in five years by North Dakota’s version of Evil Knife ended in disaster when the car my man known as the Flying Farmer, rolled off the ramp.

John Smith, 57, was alert after the accident in a rural gravel pit on Saturday and tried to get himself out of the car while talking to rescue workers, officials said. According to firefighters, he was eventually cut down and taken to the hospital by a medical helicopter. The extent of his injuries was not known.

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A crowd of about 300 spectators fell silent when Smith crashed. The Bismarck Tribune reported that family members, including his daughters and wife Melinda of 34 years, reacted emotionally, running towards the damaged car.

Smith’s last jump was in 2016, when he went up in flames to clean a burning trailer.

Smith, who farmed near Makoti in western North Dakota, said he was inspired by motorcycle daredevil Knievel while growing up. They have gained notoriety for their leaps at fairs and other attractions across the state. He has made more than 100 jumps even while jumping on a frozen lake.

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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