AJ Foyt has survived many scrapes with death in his long motorsport career, and recently has been working hard on his ranch, and of course in true Foyt style has been doing everything himself.
Late Thursday afternoon he had a brush with death once again. While driving a bulldozer working on a lake bank on his ranch, the riverbank collapsed sending Foyt and the bulldozer falling about 15 feet into the lake, coming to rest upside down.
“It was such a helpless feeling when that dirt broke away and I was going down and down,” said Foyt, who estimates the bulldozer dropped upside down into the lake about 15 feet.
“The dozer had a steel cage on it which probably saved my life,” said Foyt, “because without it, the dozer would have crushed me. But the cage also made it hard to escape. I had to crawl through the front of it and it was hard to do under water with all my clothes on and with my bum legs and all. I’ll be honest, I was panicked a little bit. If I hadn’t made it to the top of the dozer, they would never have found me because it was completely under water.”
“I didn’t want to swim to the bank ’cause it was covered in vines and steep and I was already out of breath from getting out of the dozer. I knew I’d get too tired trying to haul my big butt outta there. But as I was calling for help, I saw a water moccasin swim by. I started splashing like hell then. After about 15 minutes someone heard me and stopped to help.”
Once he managed to get out of the lake he did not go to hospital as he was uninjured, and then spent several hours trying to get the bulldozer out of the lake, which took three wreckers to haul the 35,000 pound bulldozer up and out.
Who said motorsport is dangerous!