Nearly two dozen people were injured after a vehicle struck a crowd in a parking lot at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia following Sunday's NASCAR event.
According to authorities, at least 14 injured fans ranging in age from 13 to 65 were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Roughly 10 more fans were treated at the scene for minor injuries, according to Virginia State Police.
The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. in the handicapped parking lot of the speedway. The parking lot was congested with vehicles and pedestrians when a 2005 Chevrolet SSR convertible attempted to pass a Jeep Patriot. The Chevrolet struck the Jeep and then struck several pedestrians, according to the Virginia State Police.
The driver of the convertible is being interviewed by police, but authorities say that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. A statementprovided to media after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event said:
"Multiple individuals were struck by a vehicle, and the driver has been taken into police custody. Several people were treated on-site by emergency workers in the infield care center while others have been transported to a nearby hospital. We will monitor the situation closely with local authorities, and work with them to provide updates."