Dale Jr., wife survive plane crash in Tennessee

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to News Channel 9, racing great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy were involved in a plane crash in Tennessee on Thursday. Both survived the crash and were transported to a local hospital.

The Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier said to the TV station that everyone survived the crash. He also said that no one suffered serious injuries.

Racing great Dale Earnhardt Jr. is introduced prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250
Dale Earnhardt Jr. is introduced prior to the NASCAR Xfinity Series Go Bowling 250 (Getty Images)

The plane belonged to the former NASCAR driver. It crashed at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.

According to ABC News, the plan – a Cessna Citation – went off the runaway and rolled over after landing at the airport. Two pilots were on board, the story said, along with the family.

Earnhardt Jr. – the ABC News story said – was the only person, who went to a local medical center. He was transported to Johnson City Medical Center.

However, his injuries were minor, as ABC News said he suffered ‘cuts and abrasions.’

“I can confirm Dale, Amy, & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol, TN (Tennessee) this afternoon,” Earnhardt’s sister Kelley said in a Twitter post. “Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding.”

Earnhardt Jr. could have been traveling to Bristol Motor Speedway, as tonight is the UNOH 200 Truck race at the track. His JR Motorsports team will take part in the Xfinity race, the Food City 300, on Friday night, while the Cup race, the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, will take on Saturday night.

The legendary driver also serves as a commentator for NASCAR on NBC. He may not call the Saturday night race now, depending on how he feels.

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