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Daredevil crashes in world-record attempt

Trigger Gumm slams into the ground while attempting a world-record jump. Trigger Gumm slams into the ground while attempting a world-record jump.

Motorcycle daredevil Trigger Gumm crashed Sunday while attempting a world-record motorcycle jump at a northeast Oklahoma casino.

Gumm, 38, fell far short of his attempted goal of 315 feet. Riding a 450cc Service Honda outfitted with a custom-built engine and specially designed shocks, Gumm hit a ramp at about 90 mph and launched about 70 feet in the air before he landed on the top of a dirt ramp, lost control and crashed over the handlebars.

Gumm waved to the crowd while being treated by medical personnel. He then got up and walked to a waiting ambulance, which took him to a local hospital.

The crash stunned the estimated 5,000 people who had gathered at the Buffalo Run Casino, operated by the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. The crowd quickly dispersed after the crash.

"He's hurt. He's hurt. That's the first thing I thought and the first thing I said," said Paul Smithson, of St. Louis, Missouri.

Promoter Tony Holden said Gumm's bike may have had a carburetor problem that kept it from reaching the speed needed for the record-breaking jump.

"He didn't get full power on that jump," he said.

Gumm was jumping into a slight north wind, but Holden said that wasn't a factor.

Gumm, a native of San Clemente, California, already holds the Guinness world record for a 277 1/2-foot jump on May 14, 2005, at the Queensland Raceway in Australia.

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