Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/14/14

Officials at Pocono Raceway say that one person was killed and nine others injured after a lightning strike in a parking lot behind the grandstand Sunday afternoon.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Pennsylvania 400 was shortened to 98 laps of the scheduled 160-lap race after a severe storm rolled into the Long Pond, Penn. racetrack. The severe weather sent spectators scrambling for shelter during the race.

Track officials said five people were treated at the scene and two were taken to local hospitals in critical condition where one of them later died.



The officials didn't release many details and it is not clear if all 10 were actually struck by lightning or if there were multiple strikes.

As the storm approached, the track posted messages on Twitter warning fans to"seek shelter" from the impending rain, high winds and lightning.



Jeff Gordon, the race's winner, said he recalled seeing lightning right after the race ended.

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