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Ambulance Causes NASCAR Crash

—Driver Did Not Follow Directions

RICHMOND, Va. — An ambulance that caused a crash during a NASCAR race did not stop when told to do so, according to NASCAR officials.

Officials said the ambulance did not stop when it was told to do so, causing an incident that forced NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth out of the race.

According to NBC Sports, an ambulance at the entrance of pit road during a Cup race at Richmond Raceway caused NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth to crash into the back of Clint Bowyer’s car after several cars braked. Kenseth’s car was unable to finish the race due to a damaged radiator.

NASCAR senior vice president of competition Scott Miller said the EMS provider was ordered to stop.

“We had a situation where a directive was given from the tower and it wasn’t followed, and we’ll do our due diligence why it wasn’t followed and make sure that we’re prepared to never make that mistake again,” Miller said.

The track workers are usually very, very good at following the directives and tonight they didn’t.’’

NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne said he experienced a close call trying to avoid the ambulance and the cars.

“Everybody is braking hard because what happens is the leaders go to the line and everybody speeds up to get there and it’s an accordion effect,” Kahne said. “It gets worse the further back. Usually you have a couple of lanes and you offset yourself. There was only basically one lane and everybody ran out of room.”

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Troy Shaffer
Troy Shaffer

About the Author: Troy is an Air Medical Career Expert passionate about a team approach to improving air medical safety from the ground up. Troy is a former Army medic, Army pilot, Coast Guard pilot and EMS pilot. Troy has taught hundreds of wannabe flight medics, flight nurses and EMS pilots the exact steps needed to launch air medical careers.

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