In this photo provided by Fernando Echeverria, security personnel assist a fan injured by a broken television camera cable during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Fernando Echeverria)
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Motor Speedway said 10 fans were injured Sunday at the Coca-Cola 600 and three of them were taken to the hospital after a nylon rope supporting a Fox Sports overhead television camera fell from the grandstands and landed on the track surface.
CMS vice president of communications Scott Cooper said after the race that all three fans were treated and released from the hospital. He said he couldn’t discuss the nature of their injuries due to privacy laws.
Cooper said seven other people were treated with minor cuts and scrapes at the track and released.
Fox Sports released a statement Sunday night saying it hasn’t determined the cause of the accident and it is suspending use of the camera system indefinitely.
“Our immediate concern is with the injured fans,” Fox said in the statement.
Fox said the camera system consists of three ropes — a drive rope that moves the camera back and forth, and two guide ropes on either side. Fox said it Login to read more