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More Fencing Along The Tri-City Kart Club To Ensure Safety

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Kenneth McKinster was only 12-years-old when a go-kart accident took his life away.

On Friday April 11th, KJ went off the track and into a wire fence 180 feet away. Staff at the Tri-City Kart Club, say it's a sight they had never seen before.

"Since the track was established in1982, there's been no serious injury or no fatality at this track," said Don Miller, a board member at the Tri-City Kart Club.

To stop an accident like this from happening again, close to 20 members of the go-kart racing community got to work on putting more barriers around the track.

On Saturday volunteers put down tires and straw bales along the fence. In two days there will put up another fence all around the track.

KJ died on the way to Kadlec Medical Center. He had a broken neck and a wound to his neck. Board members say they're trying to get the track as covered as possible to ensure safety.

"Those items will prevent a racer and his race car from penetrating beyond that point, any further, it'll keep them inside the track area," said Miller.