Cumberland County man witnessed NASCAR cable snap

Image courtesy Jason Ezzell

May 27, 2013 8:05:03 PM PDT
A NASCAR fan from Cumberland County was sitting just rows from where some cables came down during Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.

Jason Ezzell was an eyewitness to a near disaster.

"We actually saw the cable come down," said Ezzell. "Of course, it was a scary moment. My wife grabbed me tight on one side and we were like 'Oh people is going to get hurt.'"

Ezzell and his wife were about 10 rows back from where a nylon rope fell from an overhead camera. He says immediately there was chaos and confusion in the grandstands.

Ezzell says several cars ran across the rope, as he and other fans immediately started waving trying to get race track officials attention.

"I was waving hands like all the other fans. Both corners of the cable was lying across," said Ezzell, "but you are so crowded. It's just hard to grab someone's attention. They thought we were cheering I guess."

The race was stopped for about 30 minutes. Ezzell got pictures of the cars parked in pit row. Race track officials say several drivers, including then-leader Kyle Bush reported damage to their cars.

They say 10 people were injured when the rope landed in the grandstands. Three were taken to the hospital and later released.

The company that provided the remote camera had no reason for the rope's failure. That aside, Ezzell called Sunday's race one of the best he's seen.

"Something always exciting is going to happen," he said. "It's around every corner."

Ezzell says at first he and other fans feared that falling rope would whiplash back into the grandstands. Thankfully, he says it didn't.

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