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TV cable falls at Coke 600, injures fans and damages cars

May 26, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

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Ten fans were injured at Charlotte Motor Speedway early in tonight’s Coca-Cola 600 when a nylon rope that served as a guide for an overhead television camera snapped and fell into the grandstands.

According to Dustin Long of Motor Racing Network, a track statement reports that three of those fans were taken to the hospital for further evaluation, while the other seven were treated for minor cuts and scrapes at care centers inside CMS before being released.

Per Long, the race was stopped at Lap 127 after the rope fell onto the racing surface, inflicting damage to the cars of Kyle Busch, Marcos Ambrose (severed brake line) and Mark Martin. The race was delayed for 27 minutes, with NASCAR allowing the teams a 15-minute period to fix any damage they may have received.

Busch had extensive bodywork damage to the right front part of his car thanks to the rope, but it appears the repair work to his No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota has managed to keep him within the Top 5 as of the halfway point of the race this evening.

Fox Sports later released a statement that said they did not have an immediate cause for why the rope failed but that “a full investigation” is planned.

“We certainly regret that the system failure affected tonight’s event, we apologize to the racers whose cars were damaged, and our immediate concern is for the race fans. We also offer a sincere ‘thank you’ to the staff at CMS for attending to the injuries and keeping us informed on this developing situation,” the statement ended.

  1. nomoreseasontix - May 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    So… Not only does Fox provide crummy coverage of the race, they’re starting to affect the race itself.
    I can’t wait until the network switch. Fox does a horrible job every week.

  2. srw5000 - May 26, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Perhaps hiring a Union Crew would have been a good call? Just asking.

    NBC – now owned by Non-Union Comcast Cable (not G.E.). In this case, Safety First from a Certified Television Installation Crew would have been a good call.

    • whydowecare11 - May 26, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      Isn’t this on Fox? Why the NBC and Union comment?

      • paulsdamnblog - May 26, 2013 at 10:33 PM

        Considering that FOX Sports is referenced in the article, I’d have to say srw5000 didn’t read the article.

  3. onbucky96 - May 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    Is this the same type of camera and nylon rope used at NFL games right over the field?

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