dler, Ariz., according to USA Today.
The unidentified woman was taken from Firebird International Raceway by helicopter to Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix and died there several hours later.
The accident during the first round of the Arizona Nationals is reportedly the first non-participant death at an NHRA event since the mid-1970s, according to the Arizona Republic.
The accident took place Sunday when Top Fuel dragster Antron Brown lost control, crossed into the lane of his rival Troy Buff and then hit a wall. The car flipped onto its right side, caught fire and then its left rear tire flew off and went into a crowd of bystanders.
Brown was examined at Chandler Regional Medical Center and released.
In a statement, the NHRA said it was investigating the crash.
“The entire NHRA community is deeply saddened by today’s incident and sends its thoughts and prayers to the woman’s family and friends,” the organization said.
Rain postponed the rest of the race Sunday. It was set to resume Monday.
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