Nascar racing fan killed by lightning

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Tony Stewarts Chevrolet is pushed back to the garage at Pocono after a violent thunderstorm cut short the Nascar Sprint Series Pennsylvania 400.

One spectator was killed and several others injured by lightning strikes at a Nascar Sprint Cup Series meeting at the weekend.

Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen identified the deceased as 41-year-old Brian Zimmerman, of Moosic, Pennsylvania.

Officials said the nine other people injured in two separate lightning strikes at Sunday's races were transferred to hospital.

One spectator was transported to Lehigh Hospital in Allentown and was upgraded to stable on Monday.

Officials from the Pocono Raceway said the track was under a severe thunderstorm watch for most of race day on Sunday before a warning was issued for the area shortly after 4pm local time.

Nascar officials stopped the race and called it after 98 of the scheduled 160 laps were completed.

Jeff Gordon was leading when the meeting was abandoned and was awarded the victory. - AFP

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