Scary Fan Footage of the Cable that Broke at the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday (Videos)
It’s bad enough that NASCAR fans are pretty much in constant danger of wreckage flying up and killing them in the stands. Now, apparently, they have to be worried about faulty TV camera systems, too.
On Sunday night at the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, during lap 122, a nylon cable used to move FOX’s overhead camera snapped and fell across both the track and the fans up in the stands. The cable did serious damage to the cars of Marcos Ambrose and race leader Kyle Busch when they drove into it at speeds of 190+ MPH. It also ended up injuring 10 fans, seven of whom were treated right there at CMS, while three were taken to the hospital before being released later that night.
Of course, it could have been so much worse. Just think about it for a second. A nylon cord falling across a group of spectators and then across the track where race cars ran over it? People could have been sliced in half. The fact that no one was seriously injured is almost kind of a miracle.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Take a look at the scene that unfolded for yourself. Here is FOX’s coverage of the incident:
And here is some terrifying fan-shot footage from the stands:
Did you see people grabbing on to the rope as though they were going to hold on to it? They’re all lucky they still have hands. If that thing would have gotten caught and dragged by a car, it would have been one grizzly scene.
Maybe FOX should rethink their overhead cam situation for future NASCAR coverage.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]