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          Shattered in an Instant

          September 24, 2010

          You never know when tragedy will strike. What seemed like a normal Saturday afternoon for several hundred people ended in a horrific accident that made national headlines. Dr. Phil sits down with several survivors of the California 200 truck race and shares strategies for coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.

          If you’d like to make a donation to assist the families and victims of the California 200 accident, click here.

          Deadly Day at the Races

          Travis was severely injured in the Mojave Desert truck racing accident, where one driver took a jump at a high speed and plowed through the audience, killing eight people and injuring more than 40. Travis broke his neck in three places as well as five ribs, and his 21-year-old daughter, Heather, was injured as well. Now the family wonders how they can move past this ordeal.

          “The next thing I remember was feeling gas dripping on me.”

          Teen Coping with Trauma

          Travis and his wife, Jenny, are worried that their 13-year-old son, Jakob, who witnessed the gruesome scene, is still haunted by those memories. They say he wakes up in the middle of the night, vomits and can’t stop crying.


          Will a unique form of therapy help the teen open up about his pain? 


          A Bittersweet Reunion

          Travis says there was one man who helped his family on the night of the tragedy, and he regrets that he never got the chance to thank the person whom he calls his angel.


          Survivors Speak Up

          Keith, who attended the California 200 race, says he’s angry because his good friend, Brian, was killed, and he believes the driver acted irresponsibly. Plus, Derek says he struggles with guilt because his friend, Andrew, lost his life pushing Derek’s 7-year-old son out of the way of the oncoming truck.


          Dr. Phil has a plan for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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          Related Resource

          • Real Life: Preparing for the 7 Most Challenging Days of Your Life
            by Dr. Phil McGraw
            Click here to buy a copy.

            The PTSD Breakthrough: The Revolutionary Science-Based Compass Reset Program
            by Dr. Frank Lawlis
            The book is now available at all major book retailers, including Barnes & Noble, Borders and


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