October 7th, 2013
10:57 AM ET

Indy Winner Dario Franchitti, 13 Others Hurt In Houston Race Wreck

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was injured in a serious crash that also left 13 spectators hurt during Sunday's Grand Prix of Houston, authorities reported.

The wreck occurred in the last lap of the race, when Japanese driver Takuma Sato bumped Franchitti's car, sending it airborne into the protective fencing. The car spun multiple times against the fence, sending shards of debris flying toward the grandstands and shearing off part of its side.

Three spectators were sent to a local hospital, where they were listed in good condition Sunday night. The rest were treated at the scene, according to Senior Capt. Ruy Lozano of the Houston Fire Department.

Spectator Carl Daniel captured amazing video of the crash.

He was on the sidelines and injured by the debris. Daniel's says "It looked like there was nothing but chaos...when it struck the fence, the fence in front of me, if you can tell in the video, literally imploded in front of me and it was only by luck the cement barrier, which is below the fence that actually holds the fencing, acted like a ramp and through the fence up above my head and left and landed in the grandstands."


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