Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
IRWINDALE - Faulty wiring inside a trailer likely electrocuted two men who suffered critical injuries at the Irwindale Speedway.
A man in his mid-50s and a man in his late 20s were both suffering from “a severe electrical shock” inside the pit crew portion of the racetrack, 500 Speedway Dr., around 2:12 p.m. Los Angeles County Firefighters and racetrack medical crews administered CPR and a defibrillator on the victims, according to Sgt. Rudy Gatto of the Irwindale Police Department.
The men were hospitalized in critical condition, Gatto said.
Electricity to the racetrack facility was briefly cut and the area was isolated to protect first responders.
Pre-race testing and practice was underway when the incident occurred. The track was closed to the public, Gatto said.
Southern California Edison and Speedway staff investigated the incident, which was caused by faulty wiring inside an enclosed race team trailer and was isolated to that trailer only, Gatto said.
Scheduled operations at the Speedway resumed after the patients were transported.
“The prompt response by the racetrack's medical crews and the life saving action they took were integral in saving these two men,” Gatto said.
Irwindale detectives are investigating the incident as well. Cal-OSHA was notified.