The Daytona Beach Police Department has confirmed multiple people were injured as a result of a crash that occurred during the last lap at Saturday's Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR officials said 14 people were taken to the hospital, including one driver, Michael Annette. 14 people were treated at the track and were released.
According to Halifax Health, seven people were transported to Daytona Halifax Health location directly from the crash. Of those seven, there is one pediatric patient that is listed in critical, but stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. Two others are listed as critical/stable.
Officials said six patients from the track were taken to the Halifax Port Orange location and are in stable condition.
Another person was taken to a different hospital in the area.
VIDEO: YouTube video of crash (WARNING: Contains strong language)
Eddie Huckaby, 53, of Krum, Texas was one of the people injured and taken to Halifax Health in Daytona. His brother, Terry Huckaby of Hendersonville, Tenn. (near Nashville), told Local 6 Eddie is OK.
"He's in there, he's doing fine and the first thing he said is 'I don't want to miss that race, but I have to watch on TV," said Huckaby.
Huckaby said Eddie underwent surgery for a large gash on his leg after a big piece of metal flew into the stands and hit him.
"A motor was sitting in the stands," said Huckaby recalling the crash. "The wheel with a brake drum on it, and everything flying over your head, and debris everywhere."
Huckaby says he is rooting for all those who were hurt during Saturday's crash.
"In all honesty, I know it's a lot of people hurt out there and I'm just rooting for them," said Huckaby. "I know my brother is OK, and he's going to be fine they said, but the other people, I don't know."
NASCAR said they will be reviewing what debris came off and where it landed in the grandstands. The debris hit the grandstands right behind the fence. They said strict fencing will go up, but they do not have time to put the crossover gate back up.
Repairs to the fence are going on right now in preparation for Sunday, said NASCAR.
Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood provided the following statement Saturday evening:
First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with our race fans.
Following the incident, we responded appropriately according to our safety protocols and had emergency medical personnel at the incident immediately.
We transported 14 people off property and 14 were treated at our on-track care center.
We are in the process of repairing the facility, and we will be ready to go racing tomorrow.
As emergency workers tended to injured fans and ambulance sirens wailed in the background, a somber Tony Stewart skipped the traditional post-race victory celebration following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
A last-lap accident sent rookie Kyle Larson's car sailing into the fence that separates the track from the seats, and large chunks of Larson's car landed in the grandstands. The car itself had its entire front end sheared off, with a piece of burning engine wedged through a gaping hole in the fence.
Neither NASCAR nor Daytona International Speedway officials had any immediate comment on potential injuries.