Swamp buggy racer who lost arm won’t rule out return to sport


NAPLES, Fla. — A professional swamp buggy racer from Naples isn’t ruling out a return to the sport even after losing a significant portion of his left arm in a horrific accident earlier this month.

Tyler Johns has already undergone four surgeries and will have a fifth soon. Still, he’s out of the hospital and optimistic about his future.

“I still believe I have a career in swamp buggy,” Johns said. They haven’t put out any rule that stated that you can’t drive one-handed. Not yet, anyways.”

For now, Johns is thankful to be alive and adjusting to his new reality. He’s also grateful for a trauma nurse who found him shortly after an airboat propeller severed his arm.

“We say there are angels in the swamp, but that’s God placing people where they need to be,” Johns said.

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