At least 28 fans injured in NASCAR crash

Updated: Feb 24, 2013, 12:28 PM IST

Daytona Beach (Florida): Over two dozen NASCAR fans were injured when a car flew into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, hurling a tire and large pieces of debris into the stands.

The accident occurred on the last lap of the second-tier Nationwide Series race on Saturday evening at the Sprint Cup season-opening Daytona 500, which officials said would go on as per the schedule.

The crash began as the field approached the checkered flag and leader Regan Smith attempted to block Brad Keselowski to preserve the win. That triggered a chain reaction, and rookie Kyle Larson hit the cars in front of him and his car was went airborne into the fence.

The entire front end was sheared off Larson`s car, and his burning engine wedged through a gaping hole in the fence. Chunks of debris from the car were thrown into the stands, including a tire that cleared the top of the fence and landed midway up the spectator section closest to the track.

The 20-year-old Larson stood in shock several yards away from his car as fans in the stands waived frantically for help. Smoke from the burning engine briefly clouded the area, and emergency vehicles descended on the scene.

It wasn’t a pleasant sight soon after the race ended as ambulance sirens could be heard wailing behind the grandstands.

The accident has once again raised the debate about the secuirty which is at stake during such races.