Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was taken off the Reliant Park track on a stretcher after going airborne in a scary last-lap crash at Sunday's Shell-Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston 2. The debris from the explosive wreck also left 13 spectators hurt.
Franchitti was battling for track position with Takuma Sato late in the race when Sato bumped Franchitti's No. 10 car, triggering a three-car accident with E.J. Visto in the middle of turn five, per Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press:
Crash is Viso, Dario and Sato. And it's a biggie.— Jenna Fryer (@JennaFryer) October 6, 2013
Traveling at a high rate of speed, Franchitti's car went flying into the air and collided hard with the outside retaining wall that protects fans from the vehicles.
Jeff Olson, Nate Ryan and Curt Cavin of the USA Today are reporting that Franchitti "suffered two broken vertebrae, a fractured right ankle and a concussion." They are also reporting that he underwent "surgery Sunday to repair his right ankle."
Fryer previously reported that Franchitti would not need surgery.
Here is another stunning angle of the crash via Click2Houston.com.