1 dead, 9 injured in lightning strike at Pocono

Sunday, Aug 5, 2012 8:06 PM
Last updated 8:08 PM
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LONG POND, Pa. — Officials at Pocono Raceway say one person is dead and nine are injured after a lightning strike in the parking lot behind the grandstand after a race.

Crew members push Ryan Newman's car in a downpour that shortened the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Jeff Gordon won.   MEL EVANS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Crew members push Ryan Newman's car in a downpour that shortened the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race Sunday at Pocono Raceway. Jeff Gordon won.

Pocono officials say two people were taken to hospitals in critical condition after Sunday's lightning strike. Track president Brandon Igdalsky confirms that one of them later died at Pocono Medical Center. He provided no details.

Track vice president Bob Pleban says five people were treated at the scene. Three others were hospitalized with moderate or minor injuries.

Pleban says it's not clear if all 10 were actually struck by lightning. It's unknown whether one or multiple lightning strikes occurred.

The race was called because of rain, with 98 of the 160 scheduled laps completed.

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Georgialina 08/06/12 - 04:17 am
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Sad news

This is sad news indeed but I can't help but wonder how long before lawsuits will be filed against NASCAR and/or the track owners? Of course neither could have prevented this but lawyers and injured parties always look for the "deep pockets" Hope for quick recovery for the injured and prayers sent to the families of the one that did not survive.

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