Former NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife and daughter were all hospitalized after their plane crashed in Tennessee yesterday afternoon.
Dale’s sister posted online: “I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. 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.”
Amy is Dale’s wife, and Isla is their 1-year-old daughter.
By last night, all three were released from the hospital.
The plane ran off the end of the runway and caught fire. The plane is registered to Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race team, JR Motorsports.
The pilot, co-pilot, Earnhardt, his wife, their daughter and the family dog were on board when the plane crashed.
Earnhardt retired from full-time racing two years ago, but he was flying to Bristol, Tennessee to announce the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series race for NBC.
NBC Sports released a statement about the incident.
“We’re incredibly grateful that Dale, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and the two pilots are safe following today’s accident. After being discharged from the hospital, we communicated with Dale and his team, and we’re all in agreement that he should take this weekend off to be with his family. We look forward to having him back in the booth next month at Darlington.”
An investigation is currently underway and the National Transportation Safety Board is expected to determine a cause of the crash.