Huge NASCAR Crash Involving Kyle Larson: Crash At Daytona/Nationwide Race Injures At Least 30 Fans
by ahlairique | on February 24, 2013
Dangerous Crash At Daytona Final Lap Injures Fans
DAYTONA COASTLINE, Fla.– At the very least 33 fans were wounded Weekend throughout a NASCAR race when an auto flew into the fencing at Daytona International Speedway, tossing a tire and sizable pieces of clutter into the stands.
A multiple car crash at Daytona occurred February 23, 2013. The dangerous race car collision occurred on the last lap of the second-tier Nationwide Series race on the eve of Sunday’s Daytona 500, which officials claimed would continue as arranged.
The crash began as the field approached the checkered flag and most leaders Regan Smith tried to obstruct Brad Keselowski to protect the lead he gained. That induced a domino effect, and rookie Kyle Larson hit the surrounding cars and went air-borne in to the fencing.
The whole front end was sheared off Larson’s auto, and his burning engine wedged with an open gap in the fence. Portions of debris from the automobile were thrown into the stands, including a tire that unblocked the best of the fence and landed midway up the spectator area closest to the monitor. Imagine fiery, flying debris flying up into the stands at 200+ mph… Scary!!
The 20-year-old Larson stood in impact several yards far from his auto as fans in the stands waived desperately for support. Smoke from the burning engine briefly overshadowed the area, and emergency autos descended on the setting.
Fans Account Of The Crash At Daytona
Ambulance sirens might be heard wailing behind the grandstands at a time the race winner would commonly be doing celebratory donuts in the center field and popping champagne.
“It was weird. When I looked to my right, the accident happened,” claimed Rick Harpster of Orange Park, Fla., who had first-person view of the wreck. “I looked over and I saw a tire fly right over the fence in to the stands, but then I didn’t see everything else That was the worst point I have actually seen, seeing that tire fly in to the stands. I knew it was going to be an extreme incident.”.
Shannan Devine, of Egg Harbor Township, N.J., was resting about 250 feet far from where the car smashed into the fencing and could see plumes of smoke directly before her.
“I didn’t know if there was a vehicle that was or had already landed on people in the stands, I’m an emotional person and I right away began to sob. It’s so dangerous,” stated Devine that was intending to attend her second Daytona 500.
She stated many fans hampered of rescue initiatives by trying to take video clips and images, also hopping over fencing in hopes of obtaining closer to the scene.
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Shannon Speedway President Joie Chitwood claimed 14 fans were dealt with on site, and 14 others were taken medical facilities. Chitwood didn’t provide any type of updates on their problems. Neighborhood authorities pointed out 19 fans were taken to bordering medical centers, a couple of the fans were initially treated in critical condition but recovered to stable condition later on.
“I looked over and I saw a tire fly right over the fence in to the stands, yet after that I didn’t see anything else That was the worst thing I have seen, seeing that tire fly into the stands” says Devine.
The Aftermath Of The Crash At Daytona
The race car accident occurred the 1 day before the Sprint Cup Series season-opening Daytona 500 – NASCAR’s version of the Super Bowl. Daytona workers could be seen repairing the large section of severely damaged fence where Larson hit, as well as the retaining wall that was damaged in the accident.
“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with our race fans,” Chitwood said. “Following the incident we responded appropriately according to our safety protocols, and had emergency medical personnel at the incident immediately.
“We’re in the process of repairing the facility and will be ready to go racing tomorrow.”
As emergency workers tended to injured fans and ambulance sirens wailed in the background, a somber Tony Stewart skipped the traditional post-race victory celebration. The crash at Daytona yesterday afternoon proves that no matter the sport is, there are always dangers involved.
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