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Camera rope plunges into crowd at NASCAR race

A tragic accident at North Carolina's Charlotte Motor Speedway injured 10 fans on May 23 during the running of the Coca-Cola 600. The accident, which could have caused catastrophic injuries, occurred when a rope guiding an overhead television camera fell from above, striking the track. Three of the victims were treated and released from the hospital. An additional seven victims received first-aid treatment at the track. Vehicles on the track were also damaged in connection with the incident.

Fox Sports, the operator of the defective camera, reportedly is conducting an investigation into the equipment failure. In addition, the camera system will not be used until the cause of the incident has been determined.

These camera systems are made up of three ropes: two guide ropes to direct the camera, and a drive rope that moves the camera back and forth along the track. Initial investigation showed the drive rope may have failed as the camera attempted to track the cars' first turn. This camera system is also in use at a variety of other races, including the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race.

Officials report the race was delayed for nearly 30 minutes as cleanup and repairs were conducted. No drivers were injured in the accident, although some vehicles did sustain damage after the rope plunged to the ground.

While it does not appear as though anyone suffered serious injuries in connection with this accident, the possibility definitely existed. The individuals who were injured in this accident should consider seeking financial compensation from NASCAR and the track operators, along with Fox Sports and even the manufacturer or installer of the guide ropes. This financial compensation could pay for medical bills, emotional distress, pain and suffering and disfigurement, depending on the nature of their injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a similar accident, consider seeking the aid of a qualified personal injury attorney. These professionals can help you get the money you need and deserve.

Source:  billingsgazette.com, "10 fans injured when TV cable falls on race track" No author given, May. 27, 2013

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