Fans Injured in NASCAR Nationwide Wreck

NASCAR Nationwide Race Marred by Big Crash, Spectactors Injured [UPDATE: 28 Injured]

2/23/13 in NASCAR   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

As the field came down for the checkered flag in the NASCAR Nationwide DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona, leader Regan Smith blocked Brad Keslowski. Contact spun Smith around, and from there absolute chaos, as shown in the following video (Warning: potentially graphic).




The car you see going up into the catch fence was the 32 of Kyle Larson. The car basicallyBlog Photo - Fans Injured in NASCAR Nationwide Wreck cut in half, and worse, Larson's engine ended up on the spectator side of the fence, as well as a tire. The good news is that Larson, and all the other drivers in the melee, are OK (although Michael Annett was taken to the hospital for observation due to an earlier wreck). Unfortunately, spectators are injured. At this point, there are no confirmed reports about how many are injured or how severe the injuries are. We will keep you posted as things develop.

UPDATE: The Associated Press is reporting that at least 12 are injured. There are many rumors and unconfirmed reports on Twitter that there are more, but for now that is the most concrete number available.

UPDATE 2: At a press conference this evening, Daytona track president Joie Chitwood stated that there were 28 injured. 14 were treated at the track, while 14 others were taken to the hospital. Other reports state that 2 of those injured are critical, one of which is a child.
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2/24/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I'm going to withhold comment until the next Start Your Engines. I'm going to need to choose my words very carefully.

Yeah, there is a lot to talk about, not just this crash but other things that happened, that have me going Hmmm? mail

Have to say, I like you thinking!

2/24/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I'm going to withhold comment until the next Start Your Engines. I'm going to need to choose my words very carefully.

2/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

texas_tornado4261 wrote:
The 2 critical patients have been upgraded to stable.

Status critical, condition stable, I believe, but haven't heard of any surgery or anything.

Mind you, as Joey Chitwood has said, the patients themselves or their families, or doctors are the only ones who can give out the information as to their health because of privacy laws.

2/24/13   |   texas_tornado4261   |   71285 respect

The 2 critical patients have been upgraded to stable.

2/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

Just heard that those fans injured and released have all returned to the racetrack to watch the Daytona 500.  Continue to pray for those who remain in hospital.

I have to say I agree with Kyle Petty.  He has said exactly what Scott said below, the Catch fence did exactly what it was supposed to.  The car remained on the racetrack, even though parts of it ended up in the stands.  He wants the guys in NASCAR R & D to take their time and analyse what  exactly happened, view the video, examine the car parts and fence parts, the seats, everything they can get their hands on and work backwards to the point where the accident started.  Once they have all the information in hand, then figure out the best way to ensure an accident like this doesn't happen again.

There is no need for a knee jerk reaction. 

2/24/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I'll point out that there were injuries in the second deck. Just moving the fans isn't going to solve everything.

2/24/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

I will warn you that this video is shocking and there is language you may not like, but it is incredible how the impact of the tire was so very contained.  There was no bouncing around, no exploding, just BAM and there it is.  Watch at your own risk

Spectator Video

2/24/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I JUST watched this in full screen, still haven't seen the replays on TV but I'm sure I'll see lots tomorrow.  I have to agree that it was reminiscent of Geoffrey Bodine's crash.  Thankfully, although he was severely burned, he recovered fully.  This time, we didn't have those serious injuries to the drivers.  The innovations and improvements to the cars is such that they are encapsulated and relatively safe (I hope that proves to be so for Michael Annett) but now we have to work on increased safety for the fans.  Does it mean we take those seats out of the equation?  If that's what has to be done, then let's do it, please.  There are plenty of excellent seats, and with the big screen TV's visible from virtually every area of the track, we need to do whatever it takes to ensure no fan is hurt again.

AMEN!  The fans do not need to be standing right there behind the fence, should be a range of however many feet, maybe go back at least 5 rows where nobody is allowed to sit.  This has happened a few too many times over the years with stuff going into the stands.

2/23/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

kramer wrote:
My heart goes out to everyone in the stands when I see this happen during a race.  I am praying for a speedy recovery for everyone that was injured.  I missed the last 5 laps because of leaving for church, so I missed this.  I'm kinda glad I did, that was shades of Geoff Bodine's truck crash.

I JUST watched this in full screen, still haven't seen the replays on TV but I'm sure I'll see lots tomorrow.  I have to agree that it was reminiscent of Geoffrey Bodine's crash.  Thankfully, although he was severely burned, he recovered fully.  This time, we didn't have those serious injuries to the drivers.  The innovations and improvements to the cars is such that they are encapsulated and relatively safe (I hope that proves to be so for Michael Annett) but now we have to work on increased safety for the fans.  Does it mean we take those seats out of the equation?  If that's what has to be done, then let's do it, please.  There are plenty of excellent seats, and with the big screen TV's visible from virtually every area of the track, we need to do whatever it takes to ensure no fan is hurt again.

2/23/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

My heart goes out to everyone in the stands when I see this happen during a race.  I am praying for a speedy recovery for everyone that was injured.  I missed the last 5 laps because of leaving for church, so I missed this.  I'm kinda glad I did, that was shades of Geoff Bodine's truck crash.

2/23/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Michael Annentt had a CT scan due to bruising on his chest/sternum and will remain in the hospital overnight for further observation.

2/23/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I agree with you Jen that motorsports can be frustratingly reactive when it comes to safety improvements.

Honestly, I believe they really try to keep on top of things. You have to look at all the advances for the drivers. Safety has come so far, usually with the loss of someone, but that they implemented so many safety features and continue to do so is heartening. All the drivers today, gave thanks to all that has been done and will continue to be done.

2/23/13   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

Just got finished work and I'm sitting at my local bistro waiting for my daughter to get off work. Of course the UFC and hockey is on so I still haven't seen anything except on my phone. My prayers are with everyone affected. As a former legal assistant I do understand how limited NASCAR is. They cannot say much and have to instruct the drivers the same way. I also understand the frustrations of the fans who want answers. I just hope there are no lives lost

2/23/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

That fence worked the way it was supposed to.. Physics launched that tire.. The only complete safety is to remove the fans...Which they may need to do.. But the track us configured already,, They may consider lowering the angle on the line to the finish line..

2/23/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Eric_ wrote:
It didn't. We just had an awful wreck with debris going over and through the fence, injuring fans, and everything is safe and tomorrow's race will go on with no changes? That doesn't pass the smell test. That whole thing reeked of lawyer-like ass covering.

Yeah, Nascar is a business just like any other, golden rule will always be CYA.....

So, from what I can gather, 28 total injured, 14 cared for on site and the others were taken to local hospitals, with at least one in critical condition. Like I said, you have a tire ensemble flying at you at 200 mph, it's going to leave a mark. My prayers and thoughts go out to all those involved.

Crazy that one of the first things out of Joey's mouth was "we will be ready for the race tomorrow".I know, just smh at it anyway.

2/23/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I agree with you Jen that motorsports can be frustratingly reactive when it comes to safety improvements.

2/23/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

JenX63 wrote:
Did they really answer any questions? Joey read from a written statement. When someone asks about how folks are doing, he gets nervous. Nascar will protect themselves. I am getting more news off my twitter feed and local news than this news conference.
I agree with Kyle Petty...Nascar will move forward and try to make things more safe for the fans, whether it be solid fencing or something else. Sad it takes a tragedy to get the ball rolling

It didn't. We just had an awful wreck with debris going over and through the fence, injuring fans, and everything is safe and tomorrow's race will go on with no changes? That doesn't pass the smell test. That whole thing reeked of lawyer-like ass covering.

2/23/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Did they really answer any questions? Joey read from a written statement. When someone asks about how folks are doing, he gets nervous. Nascar will protect themselves. I am getting more news off my twitter feed and local news than this news conference.
I agree with Kyle Petty...Nascar will move forward and try to make things more safe for the fans, whether it be solid fencing or something else. Sad it takes a tragedy to get the ball rolling

2/23/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Press conference starting now on SPEED.

2/23/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

Good news I guess but still, Jeff Gluck posted this on twitter:

Important to note: Hospital spokesman just said seven of the 12 people here were injured in wreck. The other five are unrelated (heat, etc)

2/23/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

For the record, I wasn't thrilled with posting the video, but such is the nature of the Internet and breaking news.

An update has been posted, and hopefully will show up soon.

2/23/13   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

"A Halifax Health Medical Center official confirmed just before 6 p.m. that 11 spectators are being treated in the hospital's emergency room and two of them are critically injured. Four others are on trauma alert and five are being treated as non-trauma cases, the official said.

Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron said the county's ambulance service, EVAC, took nine patients all to Halifax. The Speedway took three patients to area hospitals, including Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center and Halifax Health in Port Orange. Byron said additional people also were injured but were not transported by EVA."

http://www.news-journalonline.com/article/20130223/NASCAR/130229880/1040?Title=Violent-crash-injures-12-at-end-of-Daytona-Nationwide-race

2/23/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

orangemen90 wrote:
11 folks treated and video is being blocked by nascar..this story is all over the internet...

Nascar's #1 priority is Nascar. 

Have to think a flying tire/suspension hitting someone is going to cause serious injury.

2/23/13   |   orangemen90   |   5785 respect

11 folks treated and video is being blocked by nascar..this story is all over the internet...

2/23/13   |   JenX63   |   31554 respect

Just heard there are 4-5 people being treated.
My heart stopped watching Larson's car, and I was very happy to see him crawl out of that car. I hope the fan's injuries are not serious.  A tire and part of the suspension made its way to Row H in the Grandstand. Waiting to hear more.