Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corrine Geller spoke with Sirius XM NASCAR Radio, confirming that 22 pedestrians leaving Martinsville (Va.) Speedway following Sunday’s Cup race were struck by a black Chevrolet.
All victims are between the ages of 13 and 65. Thirteen were treated at the scene with minor injuries while the other nine were transported to a local hospital.
“All we know now is a vehicle, we don’t know exactly what happened with the vehicle, did run into at least 10 pedestrians and we’re treating the ones we can take to the (infield) care center here,” Campbell told Motorsport.com after the incident. “The others are being treated to Memorial Hospital."
Because of the location of the accident, behind Turns 1 and 2 of the speedway and the parking area involved, Campbell said he assumed it was an attendee of the race driving the vehicle that was involved.
Campbell said the driver of the vehicle was taken into police custody. Charges are pending and alcohol has been ruled out.
None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening but the number of injured could change, Campbell said.
Jimmie Johnson had just won Sunday’s race and earned a berth in the championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway when the incident took place.
According to bystanders, the accident occurred approximately 30 minutes after the race. The driver involved in the accident jumped the traffic line and ran into fans that were awaiting drivers coming to the helipad following the race.
Co-author: Lee Spencer, NASCAR Senior Writer