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NASCAR Crash Ignites Safety Discussion

NASCAR Crash Ignites Safety Discussion


Airdate: 02/25/2013

The fiery crash at NASCAR that left 28 injured has many wondering whether some spectator sports are safe.

The smashup sent pieces of debris flying into the stands. A video was shot by a 16-year-old spectator.

The teenager called in to ESPN and said, "I remember hearing screams and I heard one fan yell, 'where's my child?' and that's what really hit me really hard."

A tire went flying into the crowd, badly injuring a spectator.

It's the latest proof that danger can lurk in an instant at big outdoor events.

Ten people died when a stunt plane crashed into the stands at an air show in Reno. During an off-road race in the Mojave Desert, a truck plowed into the crowd. The awful aftermath was visible after the crash, the car upside down and spectators pinned underneath. Eight people died in the horrific 2010 accident. A speedboat roared out of a lake in Ohio and injured 23 people. A woman was killed when a souped-up car crashed through the safety barrier at a racetrack in Virginia.

Even the so-called sport of kings can on rare occasions be perilous. A racehorse went wild and trampled a stroller. Miraculously the baby in it was not hurt.

Now, this latest pileup has many people thinking twice before they head into the stands.


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