The Daytona 500 this year is one that definitely won’t be forgotten.
The Nascar race event was held in Daytona, Florida this past week, when the final lap ended in tragedy as a car flew against the fence of the grandstand.
Debris and a whole tire spewed into the stand where fans were watching, injuring at least 33 people in the accident.
Huffington Post reports:
Speedway President Joie Chitwood III has a news conference scheduled for Sunday morning to give the latest update on repairs and any safety changes that could be made before the “Great American Race.”
The 12-car crash began about 200 feet from the start-finish line as the front-runners approached the checkered flag. Leader Regan Smith attempted to block Brad Keselowski for the win, triggering a horrific pileup that could have been much worse.
Track workers were scrambling late into the night to repair a huge section of fence that separates fans from the high-speed track.
A fan captured the accident on video, which shows debris flying into the crowd, as well as fans crying out for help after being hit with pieces.
The actual Daytona 500 race begins today, and will go on as planned despite Friday’s big, scary crash.
We hope that everyone is okay from the crash, and that the race goes smoothly today. Check out the tragic accident in the video above.