11 Spectators Hurt In Speedway Crash


UPDATED: Tuesday May 26, 2009 7:12 AM

At least three people were critically injured and eight others were taken to hospitals after two buses crashed into a wall in front of the grandstand at the Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday night.

The crash occurred at about 10:35 p.m. during a Crash-A-Rama event, 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.

Two school buses were racing figure eights on the track when the lead bus was hit from behind by another bus.  Video taken from the speedway showed the lead bus crashing into a concrete restraining wall.  The impact caused the concrete to fly into the crowd.

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"To us, it looked like small pieces of concrete and dust coming into the crowd," said Lisa Hoyt, who was a spectator in the race.  "It just looked like the concrete busted up into small pieces and went flying."

Witnesses said that it did not seem that the buses were traveling fast at the time of the crash.

Firefighters said six of the injured were transported to Nationwide Children's Hospital, while three others were sent to Mount Carmel West Hospital.  Two others were taken to Grant Medical Center.

The occurred a little over a month after a platform collapsed at the speedway, injuring six people, 10TV News reported.

The extent of injuries to those who were critically hurt was not immediately known.

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