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Car Slams, Injures Pedestrians After Race At Martinsville

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Monday, October 31 2016
A car slammed into a group of pedestrians following Sunday's race at Martinsville Speedway.

A car slammed into a group of pedestrians following Sunday’s race at Martinsville Speedway.

MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Nearly two dozen people were injured Sunday at Martinsville Speedway after the Goody’s Fast Relief 500 when a person maneuvered his vehicle out of the traffic line and plowed into a group of pedestrians.

The injured, who Virginia State Police said ranged in age from 13 to 65, were behind turns one and two near the helicopter pad used by the drivers. The State Police said the majority of the 22 people injured were treated at the scene. Television station WSET reported that seven people were taken to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and two to Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, N.C.

There were no fatalities.

State Police said the accident occurred when a Chevrolet convertible attempted to pass a Jeep in the congested parking lot. The convertible then hit the Jeep and several pedestrians. The vehicle’s driver was taken into custody and State Police said charges were pending.

A Martinsville Speedway spokesman said the investigation of the incident had been turned over to the Virginia State Police.

| Senior Writer, RacinToday.com Monday, October 31 2016
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