DAYTONA BEACH, FL ~Well it’s the first official crash of NASCAR season and it was an ugly one! At least 28 people, including a child, were injured when Regan Smith, who was leading the race got turned causing a multi-car crash which sent Kyle Larson’s car airborne with his engine tearing through the fence Daytona International Motor Speedway on Saturday.
Fans about ten rows up were injured when metal debris including a tire tore through the fence. According to a spokesman at Halifax Health, fourteen people were taken to area hospitals. Two are listed in critical condition; one of those suffered a head injury, and the other is a child. Both are in stable condition.
“We responded appropriately according to our safety protocols and had emergency medical personnel at the incident immediately,” track president Joie Chitwood said. “We’re in the process of repairs to the facility and will be ready to go racing tomorrow.”
While racing officials do not plan on displacing fans further away from the fences, fans are still in shock over the incident.
“It was like a war zone there,” said fan Terry Huckaby, whose brother Eddie was hit in the leg by a three-foot piece of metal. Terry used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.
According to Yahoo! Sports, ‘one woman wearing a Jimmie Johnson shirt appeared to have a foot injury as she was wheeled on a gurney to a waiting ambulance. An older man, wearing an oxygen mask while laying on a stretcher, also appeared to have suffered a leg injury. Another gurney transported a man in a neck support wearing a sling over his left arm. All appeared to be conscious.’
Other injured drivers included Dale Earnhardt, JR (88), Brian Scott (2), Justin Allgaier (31), and Parker Klingerman (77).
I think the racing officials responded quickly and appropriately making attending to the injured their top priority. I also think it’s good to mention that Tony Stewart won the race, but decided not to do the traditional post-race celebration.
”So as much as we want to celebrate right now and as much as this is a big deal to us, I’m more worried about the drivers and the fans that are in the stands right now because that was … I could see it all in my mirror, and it didn’t look good from where I was at.”
We’ll keep the injured in our prayers.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,