Woman dies at Montana demolition derby after car flies through fence into spectators: 'It was pure pandemonium'

A woman was killed at a Montana demolition derby Sunday after one of the vehicles involved in the show crashed through a chain-link fence and flew into spectators during the final heat of the competition.

DaryLynne Day, a 36-year-old emergency medical technician in Powell County, Mont., and mother of two young kids, died after one of the derby drivers accelerated out of control due to "an unfortunate series of mechanical problems," causing his vehicle to exit the arena and slam into multiple audience members, the Montana Standard reports.

"The driver had no control of his vehicle in those final moments," Powell County Sheriff Gavin Roselles said Monday. "He was unable to take any evasive action."

Chase Davis, 23, was at the Powell County Fairgrounds with friends when he witnessed and recorded the fatal derby crash. 

“It sounded like the guy instantly revved up and he couldn't stop or steer or anything," Davis told the Montana Standard. "[The car] went straight into the crowd. You could hear the people get hit and then it hit a truck next to them and it was loud. It was pure pandemonium."

Day was rushed to Deer Lodge Medical Center, where she had worked as an EMT, and was later pronounced dead.

At least seven others, including a 1-year-old child, sustained varying degrees of injuries in the incident, and three remained hospitalized in stable condition as of Monday, according to the Associated Press. 

Powell EMS took to Facebook following Day's death to share a tribute to their fallen comrade, writing that they were struggling "to comprehend what happened last night and the tragic loss of one of our own."

The volunteer agency also took the time to thank the community for offering "thoughts and prayers," as well as express gratitude to multiple local police and fire departments for their assistance following the tragedy. 

"Your watch is over, we will take it from here," the post said of Day.

A GoFundMe was started to help Day's husband cover the cost of his wife's burial and the "newly unexpected costs that come with suddenly becoming a single-parent household."

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