NASCAR Lightning Strike: One Fan Killed, Nine Injured

Lightning strikes at Pocono Raceway after a rain-shortened NASCAR race Sunday killed one fan and injured nine others, one critically.

Lightning killed a NASCAR spectator at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on Sunday and injured nine others, one critically, the stockcar racing series said on its website. Photo: YouTube

Lightning strike killed a NASCAR spectator at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on Sunday and injured nine others, one critically, the stockcar racing series said on its website.

The PA announcer had warned fans to take cover as a powerful band of thunderstorms approached, according to CNN.

Moreover, as the storm approached, the track posted messages on its Twitter page to more than 22,000 followers near the end of the race encouraging fans to “seek shelter as severe lightning and heavy winds are in our area.”

“The lightning affected 10 of our race fans,” said Pocono spokesman Bob Pleban. “Unfortunately, one person was dead on arrival when they were brought to the Pocono Medical Center in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.”

Multiple lightning strikes occurred behind the racetrack’s grandstands and outside one of the gates as fans were leaving, Pleban said. It wasn’t immediately clear how many of the fans were actually struck by the lightning itself or were injured by related jolts.

The fatal strike occurred after a violent thunderstorm cut short the Pennsylvania 400 race at Pocono, after 98 of the scheduled 160 laps.

“Unfortunately, a member of our raceway family here, a fan, has passed away,” Pocono President Brandon Igdalsky said in announcing the death. He provided no details about the victim but expressed condolences to his family.

According to The Huff Post, Allen would only identify the victim as a 41-year-old Pennsylvania man, saying his family had not yet been notified.

The victim was in or near his car in a parking lot after the race had ended when lightning struck the car. It is known that bystanders performed CPR on the man, who had gone into cardiac arrest, until paramedics arrived. They took him to the track’s medical facility, where efforts to revive him failed. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Nine fans received treatment after the lightning strike, some of them were hospitalized. Their conditions were not immediately known.

“We are deeply saddened that a fan has died and others were injured by lightning strikes following today’s race at Pocono,” NASCAR spokesman David Higdon said. “Our thoughts are with them as well as those affected by this unfortunate accident.”

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