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Lightening Strike Kills Fan at NASCAR Race

| by Alex Groberman

A 41-year-old NASCAR fan was killed and nine others were injured as a result of lightning strikes following Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Pocono Raceway.

What was initially supposed to be a 160-lap race got called for rain on Lap 98, sending everyone to the parking lot a bit earlier than expected. That obviously didn’t cause this to happen, but it does add a certain wrong-place-wrong-time element to it.

According to ESPN, the fatal strike occurred shortly before 5:00 p.m.

Jeff Gordon -- who won Sunday's event -- noticed that the rain and lightening was becoming increasingly worse when he made his way out to Victory Lane.

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"We were walking down pit road, the umbrellas weren't doing any good," Gordon told ESPN. "There was a huge, huge crack from lightning. You could tell it was very close."

The PA address system informed fans of the looming strikes and worsening weather, but there were no evacuation orders.

As fans headed out, tragedy struck near Gate 3. Fans attempted to perform CPR on the aforementioned 41-year-old victim, but it was to no avail. Paramedics were similarly unsuccessful in their attempts to revive him. He was eventually pronounced dead at 7:00 p.m.

One of the injured people is currently in critical condition, while the other eight were treated for minor injuries but appear to be fine.  

An investigation into whether the proper bad weather protocol was followed by all involved will inevitably occur.

(Kudos ESPN)

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