DAYTONA BEACH, Florida - At least 12 fans were injured when a stock car crashed and broke apart into the grandstands during a NASCAR race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.
Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron said six people with serious injuries were taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.
"Those six met the condition of trauma patients," Byron said. Two others were taken to hospitals with "not serious injuries". The condition of four others was unknown.
The accident occurred on the last lap of NASCAR's second-tier race when rookie Kyle Larson sailed into the fence around the track, and large chunks of his car landed in the grandstands. The car itself had its entire front end sheared off, with the burning engine wedged through a gaping hole in the fence.
"There were plenty of emergency workers ready to go and they all jumped in on it pretty quickly," said NASCAR President Mike Helton.
"Right now, it's just a function of determining what all damage is done. They're moving folks, as we've seen, to care centres and take some folks over to Halifax Medical."
The accident spread into the upper deck and emergency crews treated fans on both levels. There were five stretchers that appeared to be carrying fans out. A forklift was used to pluck Larson's engine out of the fence, and there appeared to be a tyre in the stands.