Debris Flies Into Crowd and Injures dozens; Caught On Video
Posted By: Adrian Garcia | Feb 24, 2013 at 4:11 pm EST[dropcap2]K[/dropcap2]yle Larson, driver of car No. 32, and Brian Scott, driver of car No. 2, collided at the finish of the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday. A video posted on YouTube caught the entire crash and subsequent cloud of debris that flew through a safety catch fence and into stands. You can hear one man gasp, “Oh, my God.” As the camera pans around, a tire is seen resting on a seat, and fans begin to frantically wave and yell to get the attention of paramedics on the race field. According to CNN, Fourteen fans were treated at an on-site medical facility, while 14 others were transported to area hospitals. Initially the video was taken down by YouTube after NASCAR released a statement Saturday evening stating:
The fan video of the wreck on the final lap of today’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race was blocked on YouTube out of respect for those injured in today’s accident. Information on the status of those fans was unclear and the decision was made to err on the side of caution with this very serious incident.
Shortly after NASCAR’s statement, YouTube decided to reinstate the original video and released the following statement to The Washington Post:
Our partners and users do not have the right to take down videos from YouTube unless they contain content which is copyright infringing, which is why we have reinstated the videos.