Saturday, February 23, 2013
Fans Injured at Daytona
Details are still sketchy, but reports have said at least 11 fans suffered trauma type injuries. Two were reported in critical condition. 14 of the injured spectators were taken to Halifax Medical Center at DIS, the rest were taken to other local hospitals.
One of the injured was Eddie Huckaby, 53, from Krum. Huckaby was hit with a piece of metal about 3 feet long and 18 inches wide. His leg injury required emergency surgery and he will be hospitalized for 48 hours. Huckaby's brother who was sitting next to him in Row 11 said "When the car hit, debris went everywhere. Tires flying over our heads. It was like a war zone."
He said his brother's leg was bleeding badly, but Terry used his belt to wrap as a tourniquet.
"I'm just thankful to God my 6-year-old granddaughter didn't come today, because she said, 'Paw-paw, it's too hot.' "
The brothers had planned to attend the entire Speedweeks, but Terry says out of respect to his brother he'll probably just watch the race at the hospital.
That tire and the suspension components bolted to it was estimated to weigh 150 lbs.