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Fan hurt in cable cam incident at 2013 Coke 600 sues Charlotte Motor Speedway, Fox Sports

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NASCAR fan Patrick Carpenter, who was injured at the 2013 Coca-Cola 600 when a guide rope for an overhead TV camera snapped and fell into the stands, has sued Charlotte Motor Speedway and Fox Sports.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Carpenter, who sat in Turn 4 at the race, filed suit last week in Randolph County, North Carolina and is seeking more than $10,000 in damages.

He alleges that he suffered permanent impairment to his right arm because of the incident and that both Charlotte Motor Speedway and Fox Sports were negligent in inspecting the overhead camera rig. Neither the track nor Fox chose to comment on the suit.

The rope also fell onto the racing surface and caused significant damage to several cars as they ran over it, including those of Kyle Busch, Mark Martin, and Marcos Ambrose. The incident forced the race into a delay of almost half an hour, and 10 fans were treated for injuries.

While Fox’s own investigation into the incident was ongoing, NASCAR suspended the use of aerial camera systems for all of its media partners in July of 2013.

Today’s Observer quotes a Fox spokesman as saying that results of the investigation cannot be made public due to litigation.