UW student witnessed terrifying NASCAR crash

CREATED Feb. 24, 2013 - UPDATED: Feb. 24, 2013

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DAYTONA - UW-Madison senior Kevin Meister snapped several amazing photos just moments after debris came flying toward fellow spectators at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.

"I have no hesitation being back here for the Daytona 500 today," Meister told TODAY'S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray. "I've been an avid NASCAR fan for many years."

A car slammed through a barrier, shredded the protective fence and injured more than 30 fans.

"There was a rod that came about 15 rows in front of us that made a group of four scurry and jump out of their seats. It came pretty close to us. But, luckily, we were out of harm's way," Meister says.

Meister described the images he captured and posted to his Twitter account.

"One of the pictures was a picture of the engine that actually came through the fence. That engine was on fire," Meister says.

"One of the other pictures I took was actually a picture of a tire that made it all the way into the stands. I saw a man take his shirt off and wrap his shirt around the man who got hit with the tire. I just felt like those were moments I had to capture."

Meister also appeared Sunday morning on NBC's TODAY Show.