By Susan Wade Sat, 2019-04-06 21:53
Racing was delayed Saturday afternoon at the Denso Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals during the final session of Pro Stock qualifying because a member of the Safety Safari crew was injured in a freakish accident in the turnout area, when they were swept up in the parachute of Alex Laughlin.
A source close to the situation told CompetitionPlus.com the injured employee was taken to a local hospital with a possible head injury.
Jessica Hatcher, senior director of public relations and communications, said the series could not comment on the situation at this time but will keep the racing community apprised as details become available.
The incident happened at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when, unbeknown to Laughlin, his dragging parachute re-blossomed with a gust of wind and wrapped around the Safety Safari member’s legs, dragging them for a few feet behind the car. Alert Safety Safari crew members chased down Laughlin’s car and instructed him to stop.
Competition Plus has no further word about the injured person’s condition.
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