Severe thunderstorms devastated fans hanging around trying to enjoy the post-race atmosphere at the Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania over the weekend. The NASCAR Pocono 400 Sprint Cup race itself had been halted 98 laps into the 160-lap event because of rain, and track officials twice warned spectators that severe thunderstorms were on the way and to find shelter.

According to reports, while race winner Jeff Gordon was heading to Victory Lane, the arriving storms brought two lightning strikes that hit ten fans. One man, who was said to be "either leaning on or inside his car when the car was struck by lightning," was killed in the strike behind the main grandstand. The other nine were injured, one critically, in that strike and the second strike by one of the gates.

It was a tragic epilogue to Jeff Gordon winning his first race in 31 tries. Our condolences to the families of all those affected.


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      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      With devastating acts of God like this, you have to question, "Did I pick the right religion?".
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        When you die you will know for sure. Why does God get blamed for everything? Did you know there is a devil out there,why not blame him. He took over in the Garden of Eden,now we have to live with it while we are here.Put the blame where it belones. all of the above written in love for you and my Savior Jesus Christ.
        MachDelta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        It's an atmospheric electrostatic discharge, not an imaginary sky fairy.
        Shiftright
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Or the right sport?...But seriously, my condolences to the of the man that was killed
        GeeDavy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        With genocide, famine, and just about every other bad act done, you question your religion over a lightning strike at NASCAR event?
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      There has to be a NASCAR redneck joke in there somewhere.
        imtoomuch1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Michael
        I hope the person you are closest to gets killed real soon. Then we can make Guido jokes.
      EcoBooster
      • 2 Years Ago
      The forecast says it's gonna rain. People still show up for a race, "hoping" the rain won't come. I feel bad for the people injured, and the poor soul who was killed at this event... ...but really? Is watching a bunch of bloated boats driving around in a circle for 7 hours worth risking your life?
        Kai F. Lahmann
        • 2 Years Ago
        @EcoBooster
        That's why the NASA needs Europeans to get to the Mars: Triangle, not Circle! But enough bad jokes: Now we all know, why they pray for the savety of the fans before every race – even though praying just like every other security doesn't always work.
      Kumar
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sad deal. Something similar happened in Indianapolis a few years ago after the 2004 500 race. I recall during that event that spectators were advised to take cover in the grandstands because there was a tornado warning, and no one was killed during the violent windstorm that ensued. This was *just* a storm cell though. It will be interesting to see how tracks change their weather plans in response to this tragedy.
      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/SRD:Chain_Lightning lol
      P54
      • 2 Years Ago
      Some years ago 91 spectators were hurt while watching a rallycross event in Norway. 16 ambulances, several helicopters and a bus were used to get the hurt people to hospital Luckily all survived. http://www.bt.dk/nyheder/91-tilskuere-ramt-af-lynet
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