Daredevil Clint Erwing prepared for this extreme stunt during 1 year. Yesterday August 7th was the day he attempted to ride his Yamaha through a tunnel of fire 362.5-feet long, more than the length of a football field, a world record if achieved. CMT “Special Bike Week” was present to shoot the event organized as the main feature of “Daredevil Day” at the Buffalo Chip.
When green light was given for this Guinness record breaking attempt, 40 torch bearers started to ignite the cardboard wrapped around the chicken wire made tunnel. Because they had difficulties to enflame the whole tunnel, they proceeded to gasoline soak the hay on each side of the tunnel. Clint Erwing started his special Yamaha, rushed his bike through the tunnel, because of added gasoline, already an inferno. Then, long seconds waiting for Erwing to exit the tunnel. Realizing that something went wrong, firefighters and ambulances rushed to the tunnel left side where Erwing just crashed, engulfed in flames with his bike still inside the tunnel. He was quickly removed and was urgently transported to the nearest hospital, burned but still able to walk. The extent of his injuries is unknown.
Update 08/08/2013 at 2 pm ET: Clint Erwing suffered 3rd degree burns but was released from the hospital where he was treated.