What Was the Worst Monster Truck Crash?

Monster Truck crashes are some of the most spectacular moments in motorsports. They involve some of the biggest and toughest vehicles on the planet, crushing obstacles and going airborne as they compete in various events.

But sometimes, things don’t always go according to plan and crashes happen. Here we take a look at some of the worst Monster Truck crashes ever.

Bigfoot #5 Crash (1991)
This crash occurred at a monster truck show in Buffalo, New York in 1991. The driver was Bob Chandler, who is considered one of the most famous monster truck drivers ever.

As he drove his Bigfoot #5 truck over a jump, it became airborne and then landed on its roof. Amazingly, Chandler was not seriously injured, but he did suffer a broken ankle.

Grave Digger Crash (1995)
In 1995, Dennis Anderson was driving his Grave Digger truck at an event in St Louis when it went airborne and crashed into the stands. Thankfully no one was seriously injured during this crash, although several people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

Bigfoot #14 Crash (2008)
In 2008, driver Scott Hartsock was performing a backflip with his Bigfoot #14 truck at an event in Ohio when something went wrong and it ended up crashing into the stands.

Fortunately there were no serious injuries reported from this crash.

Monster Jam World Finals XVIII Crash (2016)
The Monster Jam World Finals is one of the biggest events on the Monster Truck circuit and it is always filled with thrilling stunts and jumps. In 2016, driver Neil Elliott attempted a double backflip with his Max-D truck but misjudged the landing which resulted in an horrific crash that left him injured.


Out of all these crashes, perhaps the worst one was Neil Elliott’s 2016 Monster Jam World Finals crash which resulted in serious injury for him. It just goes to show that even for experienced drivers like him, things can still go wrong when performing such daring stunts.

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James Gardner