At least thirty fans sitting behind the safety catch-fence were injured yesterday in Daytona Beach after a horrifying crash sent large chunks of debris flying into the crowd during the last lap of the Daytona 500 according to The New York Times. Two people, including one child, are reported as being in critical condition.
Those injuries followed a 12-car crash on the track while drivers were jockeying for position after which:
The No. 32 car driven by the rookie Kyle Larson went airborne in the wreck and hit the catch-fence that surrounds the track and is designed to protect fans.
The entire front end of Larson’s racecar was sheared off, and debris from the car, including two tires, flew into the stands.
The engine wound up in a hole in the catch-fence.
None of the NASCAR drivers, including Larson, were hurt during that last lap. The injured fans were transported to several different area hospitals.
Check out the video accompanying this article to see what led up to that fiery crash.
The crash and resulting injuries occurred in a historic race which would feature racer Danica Patrick as the first woman to race from the coveted pole position.