A horrific multi-car crash on the final lap of the National Series race at Daytona International Speedway has left up to 28 fans injured, with one in critical condition.
The crash, which happened on the final lap of the race, saw driver Kyle Larson’s vehicle sent flying into the fence separating the track from spectators. One tyre reportedly flew into the crowd in addition to other fragments, which caused the injuries. The car however, did not cross the fence.
Kyle was unhurt, but his car was cut in two.
Reports coming from ESPN say that one adult underwent surgery for a life-threatening head trauma at the nearby Halifax hospital, while a 14-year old is in a critical condition, but it is not life-threatening.
The winner of the race, Tony Stewart, did not celebrate his victory. ‘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,’ he said.
‘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.’
The Daytona 500, the biggest event of the racing season, will take place on the same track tomorrow.
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