In my ten years on the NASCAR beat, this is the by far the worst racing incident that injured fans. A harrowing day in American Motorsports.—
Lars Anderson (@LarsAndersonSI) February 23, 2013
Reports of injuries following a 10-car wreck at a NASCAR race in Daytona Beach continue to pour in, although early word of at least one fatality appears to be premature. Debris from the wreck managed to reach some spectators by the grandstand.
15 spectators transported to area hospitals; 1 on the way to surgery with head trauma; no further information at this time.—
NASCAR on ESPN (@ESPNNASCAR) February 23, 2013
I can see multiple stretchers being used in stands. Medics working frantically. Ugh.—
Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 23, 2013
The number of injured at Daytona is now 18. My thoughts and Prayers go out to all who were involved, injured as well as though who witnessed—
Jeff Hammond (@HollywoodJeff) February 23, 2013
Prayers began to pour in immediately.
Mega crash in Daytona today. My thoughts are with the fans that were injured in the stands, hope there are no serious injuries—
Arie Luyendyk Jr. (@ariejr) February 23, 2013
My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved/injured today at Daytona. That looked very scary from home. Cannot imagine being there.—
Kimberley Ball (@AJ22Girl) February 23, 2013
Harrowing amateur video shot by a spectator was uploaded to YouTube but was almost immediately blocked due to a copyright claim by NASCAR.
At a brief press conference just past 7 p.m., NASCAR representatives said that as many as 28 people had been injured.