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Woman dies after being hit by tire from NHRA crash

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Woman dies after being hit by tire from NHRA crash

CHANDLER, Ariz. — A woman died Sunday after being hit by a tire from a crashing dragster at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.

The woman was watching a first-round Top Fuel run at Firebird International Raceway when Antron Brown’s Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster went out of control on the strip and its left rear wheel came off.

Alia Maisonet, a spokeswoman for the Gila River Indian Community, said the woman was airlifted to a hospital for treatment and later died. Gila River emergency personnel were among the first to respond to the scene.

Maisonet said she didn’t know the victim’s name or hometown.

“The entire NHRA community is deeply saddened by today’s incident and sends its thoughts and prayers to the woman’s family and friends,” the association said in an e-mailed statement.

Franki Buckman, the track’s executive vice president, said Firebird International Raceway also is deeply saddened by the incident.

Brown was released by the track medical staff, but went to Chandler Regional Hospital for further observation, according to a statement from Don Schumacher Racing. The NHRA said Brown wasn’t injured.

The Associated Press sent an e-mail to Brown’s Brownsburg, Ind.-based racing team seeking comment after the woman died.

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Sad indeed. Too long a story to type it all out, but witnessed a blower rotor (Cory Mac's) fly by the finish line stands at Texas Motorplex at 320 mph, bounce off the ground, whiz past two girls heads (looked like mere inches away) walking up the return road, bounce off the ground again and flew over some park cars and then disappeared into a corn field. Thought for sure the two girls were going to be toast...it was very scary. Decided at that point was not going to sit in that area ever again. Pict is of the back of Firebird's ticket....found it on another site.

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That sucks

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Here's the tire video. It keeps getting pulled down from site to site so it may not last long...

Phoenix Video

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