3:48 PM CST, February 23, 2013
DAYTONA BEACH – At least five people in the stands were reportedly injured at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday when a multi-car accident sent wreckage into the safety fence in front of the grandstand.
The accident came on the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300.
Initial reports say at least five people were injured, including four who were strapped to backboards.
The incident that apparently injured the fans came when Kyle Larsons’ car was essentially sheared in half as a handful of cars spun out of control in a mad dash to the finish.
His engine ending up in front of fans along the front stretch after the car tore through the catch fence. The debris splattered all over, going as far as to hit a spectator 45 rows up in the stands at Daytona International Speedway. Other care parts -- included a tire -- also flew into the stands.
“I know I took a couple of big hit there and saw my engine was gone,” Larson said.
Although no driver was seriously hurt, NASCAR officials were still trying to assess if any fans had been seriously hurt.
“You’ve been able to see and explain,” said Mike Helton, NASCAR President on the ESPN broadcast following the race. “There was some intrusion into the fence and there were plenty of emergency worker ready to go and jumped right into it quickly.”
“They are moving folks into the care center and Halifax Medical Center.”
Driver Michael Annett was transported to Halifax Medical Cener after his car slammed into the SAFER barrier head on during an earlier incident during the race.