Kyle Larson's huge crash during Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway has caused significant injuries to a number of people watching the race.
NASCAR reports that 28 people received treatment for injuries suffered when Larson's car hit the side barricade on the final lap, causing a huge accident behind him.
Yahoo! Sports reporter Jeff Passan also reports the final injury tally from those who went to the hospital, as well as the status of those unfortunate victims.
Final injury tally from the crash itself: seven injured, two critical condition, one "life-threatening," all stable. Child is critical.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 23, 2013
The seven trauma victims from NASCAR crash are expected to stay overnight at Halifax Health, spokesman tells Yahoo! Sports.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) February 24, 2013
ESPN's Terry Blount reported more on the full incident and the subsequent ramifications regarding the injuries sustained by several race onlookers.
A horrific multi-car crash moments before the end of the Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway caused Kyle Larson's car to become airborne into the frontstretch catch fencing, shearing off the front half of the car and leaving large pieces of the vehicle inside the fencing.
Sergeant John Creamer of the Daytona Beach Police said 17 fans were injured, with two suffering "major injuries." Eleven were sent to Halifax Medical Center where one adult is in surgery with life-threatening head trauma, and a 14-year-old is in critical, but not life threatening condition, hospital representative Byron Cogdell told ESPN.
Despite the massive crash and subsequent injuries, NASCAR officials report that tomorrow's Daytona 500 will go on as expected. No changes will be made to the race, start time, or even the positions in which viewers can take in the race from.
The important thing is what's going on on the frontstretch right now. We've always known, and since racing started, this is a dangerous sport. But it's hard. We assume that risk, and it's hard when the fans get caught up in it.
So as much as we want to celebrate right now and as much as this is a big deal to us, I'm more worried about the drivers and the fans that are in the stands right now because that was... I could see it all in my mirror, and it didn't look good from where I was at.
More information is expected to emerge about the current health status of the victims, as well as any changes that could take place to tomorrow's Daytona 500.
NASCAR continues to have a long-standing reputation of high-profile accidents. Yet few have had the impact on crowd participants as well—especially given the seriousness of the injuries sustained from this crash.
The thoughts and condolences of everyone at Bleacher Report go out to the families of those affected by the crash, and we hope for their safe and speedy recovery.