|NASCAR car crash|
(Scroll down for video) What seemed like a typical race at Daytona International Speedway took a violent turn towards the end with numerous fans leaving injured, according to press reports in Florida.
At least 33 fans were injured on Saturday during a NASCAR race when a car blew up at the Daytona International Speedway, throwing a tire and large pieces of debris into the stands.
The accident happened on the last lap of a Nationwide Series race, on the eve of Sunday's Daytona 500, which officials said would go on as planned.
The crash began as racers approached the checkered flag and Regan Smith tried to block leader Brad Keselowski in order to preserve the win. That caused a chain reaction crash and rookie Kyle Larson hit the cars in front of him and went airborne into the fence.
The entire front of Larson’s car was shaved off and the engine flew through a hole in the fence. Pieces of the car were thrown into the stands, including tires that cleared the top of the fence and landed halfway up the stands.
The 20-year-old Larson was in shock a few feet away from his car as fans in the stands waved frantically for help. Smoke from the burning engine briefly clouded the area and emergency vehicles descended on the scene.
Ambulance sirens could be heard from behind the bleachers at a time when the race winner usually celebrates.
There were injured fans on all levels of the stands. There were five ambulance stretchers that seemed to be carrying out fans and a helicopter flew overhead. A forklift was used to pull Larson’s engine away from the fence.
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