(Video) Dozens of spectators injured after NASCAR smash
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(Video) Dozens of spectators injured after NASCAR smash

Daytona Beach : FL : USA | Feb 24, 2013 at 3:20 PM PST
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More or less 30 spectators were injured when chunks of debris flew into the grandstand after car smash at the Daytona International Speedway

14 injured fans were rushed to local hospitals for treatment and another 14 were treated at the track’s medical facility, said Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood.

ESPN reported that one adult had life-threatening head trauma and a 14-year-old was in critical but not life-threatening condition in hospital. Chitwood could not confirmed this particular report.

The smashup happened when Tony Stewart was about to take the victory flag, when Regan Smith’s car which was in the lead turned sideways and a dozen cars piled behind him.

NASCAR President Mike Helton said that their prayers and thoughts are with the injured and being treated.

Speedway and NASCAR officials responded immediately to the call and needs of the victims, with emergency personnel in place and able to begin work promptly, said Chirwood..

NASCAR's senior vice president for racing operations Steve O’Donnell said the incident would be reviewed to see if changes could be made to improve safety.

The race was done on the evening of the season-opening event in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series, the Daytona 500.

No drivers was injured, but driver Michael Annett was hospitalized in an earlier crash in the race.

O'Donnell and Chitwood expect Sunday's race to start on schedule.

During the Saturday's race, Patrick was driving for Turner Scott Motorsports, but her car suffered engine trouble very early in the race and was spared from the late race trouble.

Starting the Daytona 500 from pole position, Danica Patrick will join Sunday’s race.

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