Five harness racing fans hurt when struck by starting gate

Posted Sept. 07, 2010, at 9:53 a.m.

WINDSOR, Maine — Officials in Maine say five harness racing fans at the Windsor Fair were injured when a starting gate mounted on a moving pickup truck hit them as they stood alongside the track.

According to the Kennebec Journal, the bystanders were struck Monday afternoon after the start of the 13th race. Three were taken to an Augusta hospital, but there was no word on their condition. The others were treated at the track.

Harness races get off to rolling starts, with the starting gate extending to the sides of a moving vehicle. The gates are supposed to retract at the starting line as the vehicle pulls to the side to let the racers proceed.

Monday’s mishap occurred when the gate apparently didn’t retract as intended.

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