One man is dead and at least two more are injured after a food vendor in eastern Tennessee drove his Toyota 4-Runner into the crowd following a Trace Adkins concert this past weekend.
The Saturday evening show was held at Trails End Campground, a popular spot for hunters and off-road ATV drivers in Huntsville, Tennessee. Hometown hero Anthony Smith, who’d written the hit title track for Adkins’ fourth album, Chrome, nearly 15 years prior, kicked off the evening, with Adkins taking the stage later that night. The concert doubled as the grand finale of the campgrounds’ first-annual Full Throttle Festival, a daylong event catering to ATV enthusiasts. Adkins had completed his performance and was already offstage for nearly an hour before the trouble began, according to his spokesperson.
Following a fight, 42-year-old food vendor Billy Jason Carson, who was reportedly intoxicated, left the concert area and retrieved his SUV, which he drove back toward the crowd. He threatened people with a gun and also spun his truck in circles, hitting two additional vehicles before running over four men. According to local station WBIR, Tony Farrell, a monster truck driver based in North Vernon, Indiana, died at the scene, while two others — including Farrell’s son — were airlifted to a nearby hospital at the University of Tennessee.
Concert security officials detained Carson, who was taken to the Scott County Justice Center and charged with criminal homicide and reckless endangerment. Originally held on a $500,000 bond, he was released Wednesday afternoon after posting a reduced $50,000 bond. While the court waits for his toxicology reports, Carson is prohibited to enter Scott County, leave the state of Tennessee or have contact with Farrell’s family. His next preliminary hearing is scheduled for the morning of August 6th.
While Farrell’s death is the first reported homicide at a Trails End Campground event, it’s one of several deaths to occur during recent country shows. Last year, a man died after hitting his head on the concourse at a Hanks Williams Jr. concert in Michigan, while two people suffered unrelated deaths at a pair of Jason Aldean shows that same summer.