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Contractor dies after injury during setup of NASCAR Chicago Street Race

The incident comes one day before racing is set to begin at the historic event, and just as setup was underway


A contractor died Friday after suffering an injury at the site of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race, where setup was underway, police said.

The 53-year-old man was injured just before 11:30 a.m. in the 500 block of South Columbus Drive, which is near Buckingham Fountain, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The worker was later identified as Duane Tabinski, the founder of a Nashville-based live production business.

"The DUANE team is shocked and saddened to inform you of Duane Tabinski’s passing earlier today," his company said in a Facebook post. "He was busy doing what he loved, providing a top-of-the-line audio experience for the enjoyment of others. A very giving and caring soul, Duane will be missed. We will post more details as they become available."

Details on the injury and whether or not it was connected to the event's setup weren't immediately released. Police said a death investigation was underway.

"On Friday afternoon, a contractor suffered a fatal medical emergency," NASCAR said in a statement. "We are coordinating with local authorities on this tragic incident. We share our condolences to the family and their loved ones.”

The incident comes one day before racing is set to begin at the historic event. Buckingham Fountain is slated to be the location of a "fan plaza" for the event.

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