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Worker killed while cleaning up an accident at Cedar Lake Speedway

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BY GREG ENGLE

The return to racing in Wisconsin was shortened Friday night when a track worker was killed after school bus rolled onto him at the Cedar Lake Speedway near New Richmond.

Friday was the first night back for the track and fans. Earlier in the week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down the governor’s “safer at home” order, allowing the track to open and fans to attend races.

The incident happened early in the evening during a race featuring school buses. Two buses came together, one rolled onto its side and the red flag was thrown. Track workers began to clean up the crash scene. According to witnesses, as the bus was being righted, a tow cable broke and the bus fell back down, killing 62-year-old Edward Nicholson.

“We said a quick prayer for the track worker, his family, his friends and the first responders that were there, because that must have been a really horrible incident to witness and to be part of,” Kelly Gunderson, who was in attendance Friday night told local media.

All remaining races for Friday and Saturday were canceled.

On Saturday, the track released a statement:

“Cedar Lake Speedway is mourning the loss of a long-time member of our racing family. Eddie Nicholson died from injuries sustained while clearing the track of an incident.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family during this very difficult time. Thanks to all of the emergency personnel that responded Friday night. Eddie will be greatly missed.”
BY GREG ENGLE – MAY 17, 2020 Auto week