Three cars crashed on Sunday at the Grand Prix of Houston on the final lap, sending the vehicle of Dario Franchitti, three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series champion, into the fence and airborne, and sending debris flying into the crowd.
An IndyCar Series official and 13 spectators were injured, according to the Associated Press. While the two other drivers involved in the crash, E.J Viso and Takuma Sato, were able to walk away from the scene, safety team members had to attend to Franchitti before an ambulance arrived, according to CBS Sports.
Franchitti was then taken to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where he was admitted with two broken vertebrae, a fractured ankle and a concussion, according to USA Today. Franchitti had surgery on Sunday to repair the fractured ankle, according to the same report.
Franchitti’s car is seen colliding with Takuma Sato’s car, sending Franchitti’s car airborne and into the fence.
The crash occurred almost two years after the 15-car crash at the IndyCar season finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011, which killed Franchitti’s friend and fellow driver Dan Wheldon.
Video captured the crash from multiple vantage points, including a spectator’s position by the fence where the crash occurred. Take a closer look at the footage in the videos above.
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