Seven fans hurt in Talladega crash

Seven spectators were injured after Carl Edwards' car crashed against the catch fence following contact with Brad Keselowski on the last lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday

Seven fans hurt in Talladega crash

Track officials confirmed that eight people were treated, although one of them was for a medical condition and not as a consequence of being hit by debris from the violent impact that Edwards' car made with the fence a few metres short of crossing the finish line.

Edwards got turned sideways by eventual race-winner Brad Keselowski after he tried to block an overtaking move by the 25-year-old. The Roush Fenway driver's car became airborne and was then hit by Ryan Newman's machine, sending it towards the grandstands.

The catch fence was severely damaged in the incident but still held up well and prevented the car from getting into the stands.

"After the incident that occurred on the last lap, we are treating approximately eight patients from injuries received from flying debris; the injuries appear to be minor and non life-threatening," said the track's medical director Dr Bobby Lewis.

"One female patient is being transported by air, because of traffic, for further evaluation and treatment."

Later in the evening a track spokeswoman confirmed that six of the patients had been released, while two of them were seeking further treatment with their own local physicians after being evaluated for possible minor fractures in extremities.

The woman who was airlifted to a local hospital sustained facial injuries and is believed to be the most seriously affected.

Edwards walked away from the crash without injury and eventually ran across the finish line on foot.

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