A NASCAR fan was found dead in an RV at a campground near Alabama's Talladega Superspeedway over the weekend in what appeared to be a case of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Tennessee man and his wife were reportedly camping out ahead of Sunday's Sprint Cup race, and friends discovered the pair unresponsive in their motor home around 1 p.m. Saturday, according to AL.com.
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The man was pronounced dead and the woman was rushed to a Birmingham hospital in critical condition, Deputy Talladega County Coroner Larry Seals said.
"When they didn't have any contact or see them [Saturday] I think they assumed they were walking the property or something, and then when they weren't able to contact them they went to the motor home and went inside and found them," Talladega County Sheriff Jimmy Kilgore told Alabama's local FOX affiliate
. "The race fans are usually close knit and they share their compassion when something like this happens and there's concern and sorrow and things of that nature."
Seals told The Associated Press that the couple was probably using a gas stove
for heat and that there was a problem with the generator's exhaust system. The death was ruled an accident.
The victims' names were not released.
This is the second death this year at a NASCAR race at Talladega. In May, a Georgia man drowned in a nearby creek. His body was discovered 10 days later, AL.com reported, and his drowning was also ruled an accident.
There are an estimated 15,000 camping spaces situated around the infamous racetrack.
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