According to Charlotte Motor Speedway, the accident at the Coca-Cola 600 injured 10 fans, of which three were immediately taken to a hospital. The accident happened after a nylon rope tied to an overhead TV camera of Fox Sports landed on the surface of the track after going down from the grandstands.
Scott Cooper, the VP of communications of the CMS, said that all the three hospitalized fans were discharged from the hospital. He denied saying anything about their injuries by citing privacy laws. He added that 7 other people got treatment for minor injuries and cuts at the track and discharged immediately.
On Sunday night, a statement from the Fox Sports stated that they were yet to find out the cause of the accident. By expressing their concerns for the injured fans, the Fox Sports announced suspending the use of their camera system for an indefinite period.
The camera system of Fox makes use of three ropes – one drive rope, which helps moving camera backward and forward, and two guide ropes on two sides. The drive rope of that particular camera failed and fell on the track. However, the camera did not fall because of the guide ropes. The network channel used the same camera system at last week’s NASCAR Spring All-Star race, the Daytona 500, and other major sporting events.
Fox apologized to the drivers whose cars were broken and to the inured fans. They thanked the CMS staff to keep them informed about the course of the situation.
Fox informed that they had already planned for a full investigation.
The accident occurred at the NASCAR Sprint Cup race during the 121st lap of the 400-lap race. It delayed the race for twenty-seven minutes, as the crews had to repair the damaged cars.
However, the good thing is that the accident did not cause harm to any drivers.