Daytona race crash injures 28

Brad Keselowski, driver of car number 22, and Kyle Larson, driver of the car number 32, are involved in a collision during the race. Wreckage hit a stand injuring 28. Photograph: Getty

Brad Keselowski, driver of car number 22, and Kyle Larson, driver of the car number 32, are involved in a collision during the race. Wreckage hit a stand injuring 28. Photograph: Getty

Sun, Feb 24, 2013, 00:00

A pile-up at the Daytona speedway circuit in Florida last night injured at least 28 fans and a driver after the 10-car crash sent car debris flying into the crowd.

Race officials said 14 fans were sent to nearby hospitals and another 14 were treated at the Florida track, which will host the prestigious Daytona 500 race today.

"Stuff was flying everywhere," spectator Terry Huckaby, whose brother was sent to the hospital with a leg injury, told the ESPN sports network.

"Tires were flying by and smoke and everything else." Among the injured were a 14-year-old boy in critical but stable condition, and a man who was in surgery for a life-threatening head injury, according to ESPN.com.

Driver Michael Annett of the Richard Petty Motorsports team was being treated at the Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach for bruises to his chest and sternum.

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