The National Hot Rod Association says it's "deeply saddened" by the death of a fan who was hit by a tire from a dragster that crashed in Arizona.
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
Alia Maisonet, a spokeswoman for the Gila River Indian
Community, said the woman was airlifted to a hospital for treatment
and later died.
The NHRA's e-mailed statement says the organization "sends its
thoughts and prayers to the woman's family and friends."
The car's driver was released by the track medical staff, but
went to Chandler Regional Hospital for further observation.
Racing continued after the accident.
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