dglobalnews.com Photographer hit by debris from crash at Indianapolis 500
Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

Photographer hit by debris from crash at Indianapolis 500

Photographer hit by debris from crash at Indianapolis 500

Replays showed Howard losing control and going straight into the barrier before bouncing back in front of Dixon's vehicle.

During the Indy 500 races, Dixon's auto was shredded by the retaining wall, but the tub of the vehicle remained intact and the 2008 champion was able to climb out on his own to a roar from the crowd.

Scott Dixon goes airborne and crashes in front of Helio Castroneves (3) during Sunday's Indianapolis 500. Driver Scott Dixon walked away Sunday from the nightmare crash captured in this video.

That Dixon lived to tell the tale was not guaranteed after a scary incident in which commentators - who later said he was "incredibly lucky" - were left stunned.

" I am fine - just a little beaten up there". It was definitely a wild ride, for sure, and big thanks to everybody [who helped] and the safety standards we have right now. One photographer was struck by the debris and is being attended to by track medical staff. Ryan Hunter-Reay had passed him on the inside of Turn 1, leaving Howard further up the banking and off-line from where he should have been.

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"We ended up four laps down and were just trying to make something of our day", Howard said.

"It's just a wild ride, you just hold on and believe in the safety progress that we've had over the last many years". To say that I'm unhappy is an understatement.

The damage was so severe to the catchfence that it required an 18 minute red flag to correct and fix.

Unfortunately, pole-sitter Scott Dixon had nowhere to go and all hell broke loose.

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