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Truck Leaves Desert Race Course, Kills Veteran TV Cameraman

July 1, 1995

BARSTOW, Calif. (AP) _ A truck competing in a Mojave Desert off-road race smashed through a fence, killing a TV cameraman.

Mark Gleckl, 41, of Dana Point, Calif., was pronounced dead at a hospital on Friday. He was struck during the ninth lap of the SCORE Tecate Trophy-Truck feature of the Fireworks 250, said race spokesman Deke Houlgate.

``He was knocked about 100 feet. It looked like he went down with the viewfinder still in his eye. The camera was smashed to bits.″

About 300 spectators were near the crash site but no one else was injured.

The accident occurred after drivers Walker Evans and Ivan Stewart bumped on a sweeping right turn on a deeply rutted road, sending Evans’ truck lurching through a fence.

Houlgate said race officials planned to investigate whether any racing rules were broken.

Gleckl was a veteran independent television producer and cameraman, said friend and partner Chet Burks of Atlanta-based Chet Burks Productions. He said Gleckl was videotaping for a show to be broadcast on ESPN.

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