Cumberland County

Race Car Flips, Kills Spectator at Pennsylvania's Williams Grove Speedway

The man was watching the race from the infield portion of the track when a car lost control and flipped over a fence and onto him

A spectator at a Pennsylvania speedway died Friday night when two cars collided and one flipped into the air, striking the man.

Richard E. Speck Jr., 67, was sitting on the bed of his pick-up truck, watching from the infield portion of the track at Williams Grove Speedway, when he was fatally struck around 9:25 p.m., according to a coroner's report.

Two sprint cars were rounding a turn when they crashed into one another, causing one to lose control, Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall said. The car hit the inside wall and then flipped up and over the infield fence, fatally striking Speck.

Speck was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple traumatic injuries, Hall said.

The Pennsylvania State Police, Cumberland County Coroner's Office, and speedway officials continue to investigate the crash.

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