Car plows into crowd at NASCAR rally in Virginia

22 people were injured

Car plows into crowd at NASCAR rally in Virginia

(AP Photo/Darryl Graham, File)

Twenty-two people have been injured after a car drove into a crowd outside a NASCAR rally event at the Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.

No one was killed in the incident which occurred an hour after the event. Eye witnesses told USA Today that the driver of a Chevrolet convertible attempted to overtake a jeep but ended up plowing into a crowd of pedestrians.

Most of the injured were treated at the scene and were aged between 13 and 65. 

Speaking to USA Today, Roger Wolfe, who witnessed the events unfold, said that the driver pulled out of line, hit the Jeep, then struck “six or seven people and ran one person all the way over."

“He didn’t know where he was or what he did,” Wolfe said. “You could hear the screams for help. They must have had 15, 20 police cars and ambulances down there. The guy who got ran over had a sheet up to his neck. I figured he was pretty bad off.”

Seven people have been taken to the Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and two people were transported to Moorehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, North Carolina.  

Virginia state police have charged the man with reckless driving.