MARTINSVILLE, Virginia– Local station WDBJ is reporting at least 22 people are injured after a person drove their car into a crowd at a parking lot of the Martinsville Speedway Sunday afternoon.
Around 5:40 p.m., law enforcement got reports of pedestrians being hit by a car in a parking lot outside the Martinsville Speedway in Henry County. The crash happened after the race in the handicapped parking area outside of Turn 2 of the Speedway. The parking lot was crowded when a 2005 Chevrolet SSR convertible hit a Jeep it was attempting to pass along with many nearby pedestrians.
Nine people were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Seven were brought to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and two others were brought to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, North Carolina. Thirteen people were treated on scene for minor injuries.
The driver of the car was taken into custody. They are being interviewed by Virginia State Police. Alcohol does not appear to have been a factor in the crash. Charges are pending.
The scene has been cleared.