Motor racing has a long history of accidents, most of them involving drivers. But sometimes a crash is so bad that the fans get caught up in the crash as well. Such an accident happened yesterday in Georgia. Sportscasting.com reports.
Fans were gathered to watch racing at Hartwell Speedway about 100 miles northeast of Atlanta. It was supposed to be a pleasant and exciting 4th of July gathering, but it turned tragic.
A driver lost control of his car and hit a concrete wall on the track. It hit it just the right way to send it flying up over the wall, through a chain-link fence, and into the stands.
A 50-year-old man was killed in the impact. Two others, including a child, were injured. After the accident, the racetrack closed for the evening and send condolences to the family. The Hart County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the accident.
Even high-profile races at modern race tracks can be risky for fans. The article mentions an accident in 1987 at Daytona Speedway when a tire came off of a car, got hit by another car, and sent it flying into the stands. The tire struck a fan in the top row and killed him on impact.
We wish to extend our condolences as well, and hope that the local racetrack improves their safety fencing so such an accident is far less likely to happen in the future.