Fatal WPT Truck Collision en Route to Biloxi

by , Sep 18, 2007 | 8:18 pm

Being a former WPT employee has its perks, like having friends who still work there and give up the inside information. This news isn’t the kind we like to report, but late on Thursday, September 6, the World Poker Tour semi that is decorated with the WPT logo was on its way to the tour stop in Biloxi, Mississippi when it crashed into another semi. In the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the night, the collision occurred and injured both truck drivers. Sadly, the driving trainee, along for the ride and taking a nap in the back of the WPT truck, was ejected upon impact and died.

The truck contained the entire WPT television production set, and a source said it was “trashed.” By the time the final table took place in Biloxi only a few days later, Kevin King, WPT Art Director, and his crew were able to reconstruct about 50 percent of the set, but there was reportedly a bit of a solemn air behind the scenes as the production staff was informed of the accident.

WPT has not released an official statement yet but is planning to do so.

UPDATE: The following statement was sent from WPT Enterprises:

While traveling though Texas in the early hours on Thursday, September 6th, the World Poker Tour semi truck that transports our set for WPT final tables was involved in an accident that tragically claimed the life of one of the drivers. The accident also damaged the final table set, which WPT is currently working to rebuild and restore to its original design. We hope to have it back on the road for the North American Poker Championship at the Fallsview Casino in Canada next month. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in the accident and the family of the driver who lost his life.

5 Comments to “Fatal WPT Truck Collision en Route to Biloxi”

  1. Karridy

    One show, black curtains, no set.

  2. DanM

    ***Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in the accident and the family of the driver who lost his life.***

    It would be nice if they gave him a name. Just sayin’ … Gives you a sense of how much the WPT really cares about its people.

  3. Kevin Mathers

    The Gulf Coast episode of the WPT is tonight. I was trying to find the trainee’s name, but can’t find any news about the accident. Hopefully, they’ll do something and put his name up in the credits or do some sort of “In Memory Of” image.

  4. California Jen

    KevMath, did you catch the episode? I’m betting they said nothing about the accident, but I’m curious.

  5. Kevin Mathers

    Don’t have GSN, so have no idea.