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Crash at Daytona Saturday raises safety questions

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A horrific 12-car crash on the last lap of Saturday’s Nationwide Series opener at Daytona International Speedway, which injured 28 spectators who were sprayed with flying debris, raised questions before the start of Sunday’s 55th running of the Daytona 500 about improved fencing and fan safety.

Daytona track president Joie Chitwood said the track transported 14 injured fans to local hospitals and 14 others were treated and relased from the track’s infield medical facility. Byron Cogdell, a hospital spokesman at Halifax Health medical center, indicated 12 patients were received from the track, seven of which were admitted due to injuries sustained during the accident.

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