A woman who was injured by flying debris at the conclusion of the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway was listed in fair condition at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., late Monday. Blake Bobbitt, one of seven injured by debris, remained hospitalized with a broken jaw. Seven other fans sustained minor injuries in the incident, track officials confirmed,
although one of them was apparently for a medical condition and not as a consequence of being hit by debris from the violent impact that Carl Edwards' car made with the fence a few yards short of crossing the finish line.
Edwards got turned sideways by eventual race-winner Brad Keselowski after he tried to block an overtaking move by the 25-year-old. The Roush Fenway driver's car became airborne and was then hit by Ryan Newman's machine, sending it towards the grandstands.
The catch fence was severely damaged in the incident but still held up well and prevented the car from getting into the stands.
"After the incident that occurred on the last lap, we are treating approximately eight patients from injuries received from flying debris; the injuries appear to be minor and non life-threatening," said the track's medical director Dr Bobby Lewis.
"One female patient is being transported by air, because of traffic, for further evaluation and treatment."
Later in the evening a track spokeswoman confirmed that six of the patients had been released, while two of them were seeking further treatment with their own local physicians after being evaluated for possible minor fractures in extremities.
The woman who was airlifted to a local hospital sustained some facial injuries and is believed to be the one most seriously affected.
Edwards walked out of the crash without injury and eventually ran across the finish line on foot.Related stories:NASCAR: Win was within the rules (INCLUDES VIDEO OF CRASH)Aaron’s 499 race report