Fans at Daytona International Speedway were injured when one racer’s car collided with another’s car and became airborne, sending tires and other debris flying into the grandstands.
The crash that injured fans happened in the last lap of the race, a race that had already been stopped for twenty minutes by a thirteen car pile-up five laps from the finish. In that crash, driver Michael Annett was transported to a local hospital with, according to his Richard Petty Motorsports team, chest bruising.
The final lap collision occurred when the leader of the race, Regan Smith, tried to block Brad Keselowski in an attempt to keep the lead. Cars began crashing all around these two driver’s cars, and when rookie Kyle Larson collided with Keselowski’s car, his car went airborne and crashed into the fence dividing the race track from the grandstands, a fence that tragically was lined with fans. The entire front end of Larson’s car was sheared off, and large pieces of the car landed in the grandstands injuring fans in the upper deck.
Dave Byron, Volusia County spokesman, said there were six seriously injured people who were transported by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. He added that two people with minor injuries were transported to other local hospitals.
NASCAR President Mike Helton said it was fortunate there were many emergency workers around at the time of the crash, and added the workers took care of the injured very quickly.
Tony Stewart won the race for the nineteenth time, but was in no mood for celebrating. Stewart said, “We’ve always known, and since racing started, this is a dangerous sport. But it’s hard. We assume that risk, but it’s hard when the fans get caught up in it.”
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