Edwards' Last-Lap Wreck Mars Talladega; 7 Fans Hurt

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Seven fans are recovering from injuries suffered when Missouri native Carl Edwards' car crashed along a safety fence at Talladega Superspeedway in the last lap.

His car soared 15-feet off the ground, scraping along the fence and then bouncing back onto the track in flames. The frontstretch safety fence bowed upon impact, but held, and seven fans were injured from the flying debris. An eighth was treated for an undisclosed medical condition.

Wreckage from the accident spewed into the stands as the Columbia native's upside-down car came eerily close to flying into the grandstands.

Edwards climbed from the fiery wreckage and crossed the finish line on foot. He was thankful it wasn't worse and said he hoped the near-miss caught the attention of NASCAR, which sets the rules used in Sunday's race.

NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said the sanctioning body will analyze the accident and the safety fence to determine if anything can be improved.

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