Watch Kyle Larson's Frightening Daytona Crash At NASCAR Nationwide Series [VIDEO]
A scary crash at Daytona International Speedway left over two dozen fans injured. (Photo: Reuters)
As CNN reported, several cars were fighting for first in late in Saturday's Drive4COPD 300 when they got involved in a scary wreck. At least 10 cars were involved in the crash at Daytona International Speedway, according to Reuters.
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Kyle Larson's car flew into the air and hit the fence designed to separate the track from spectators. The vehicle broke apart and caught on fire, but Larson miraculously walked away uninjured. Larson, along with nine other drivers, was checked out at the track's medical tent and ultimately released.
"I was getting pushed from behind, I felt like, and by the time my spotter said lift or go low, it was too late," Kyle Larson said, per the Associated Press. "I was in the wreck and then felt like it was slowing down and I looked like I could see the ground. Had some flames come in the cockpit, but luckily I was all right and could get out of the car quick."
However, the fans in the stands for this NASCAR Nationwide Series race were not so lucky. Daytona president Joie Chitwood III said on Saturday night that 14 people were transported to local hospitals after the wreck, while 14 others were treated at the track.
According to ESPN, one adult and one teenager are currently in critical condition. Four of the other patients at Hailfax Health Medical Center are currently on trauma alert, per the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
One fan, Travis Smith, spoke to USA Today after the frightening wreck. He was not injured, but his cousin, Caroline Morris, was hit in the forearm with debris.
"It was nothing compared to other people," Smith said. " ... The last thing I remember, a tire was coming right at me. I turned my back and turned back around and it was panic. It was a sight to be seen."
"My fault, I threw a block," Smith said. "I'll take full blame for it. But when you can see the checkered flag at Daytona, you're going to throw a block and you're going to do everything you can to be the first car back to the stripe.
"It just didn't work out today. I'm hoping everybody is OK who was in the wreck and in the stands."
As The Atlantic Wire noted, several fans tweeted live pictures of the Nationwide Series crash. Mike Rainvile (@MrEnduro22) posted this photo of the line of ambulances leaving the scene of the wreck. Meanwhile, Ryan Eversley (@RyanEversley) posted an iPhone picture of a tire that flew into the upper part of the stands.
You can watch a fan video of the frightening Daytona crash below.
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