DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Channel 9 has obtained a 911 call from a fan who witnessed the crash that injured 33 fans at the Daytona International Speedway on Saturday.
Speedway officials are facing several questions about the crash and the safety of the spectators after Kyle Larson’s racecar went airborne and slammed into the fencing, sending his engine, a tire and debris through the fence and into the stands.
Caller: “There's been a crash! These people…really serious. Sprint tower, section zero, row 30. We need help! Big time, quick!"
A large portion of fencing had to be repaired that night in time for the Daytona 500 race on Sunday.
Seven race fans remain in the hospital Monday.
Jimmy Johnson won the Daytona 500 on Sunday, only one day after the crash. Johnson held off Dale Earnhardt Jr. to become the 10th driver with multiple wins in "The Great American Race."
Speedway president Joie Chitwood told WFTV officials will be there for the injured fans and their families as they recover, but wouldn't comment on the specifics of what the speedway will be doing for them.
Chitwood said the speedway is working with NASCAR to review the safety of the track’s fence.
The crash was caught on camera on television and by fans from several angles.
Chitwood said it's too early to comment on the review process and he would not discuss details about how the fence gave way, which caused the car to rip apart and spray fans with debris.
WFTV also talked to him about the renovation of the speedway and if new safety measures would be incorporated into the remodel.
Chitwood said that right now, the renovation project has not been approved by the speedway's parent company, so they are separating the rebuild and the safety of the catch fences.
“There are things that happen that are unexpected, and whether it's a jet dryer incident, whether there's a pot hole or obviously what occurred Saturday night, those are things we're going to learn from. We've always got to get better. We will learn from this and we'll figure out if there's anything we need to do about it," Chitwood said.
Officials said all the injuries are not life-threatening.
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