Seven people, including crowd members, were injured late Saturday night after a crash into the wall at New Paris Speedway on County Road 46 in Elkhart County. As of Sunday evening, they had all been treated and released from the hospital.
The accident on the track happened around 11:50 p.m. Saturday night. A witness emailed NewsCenter 16 saying when the car crashed into the wall, it threw debris into the stands, hitting spectators. Police tell us some of the injured people had broken bones and cuts and bruises. The extent of their injuries wasn't available Sunday morning.
Speedway concession manager Sabrina Rife says this is the most serious wreck they have had at the facility, which first opened for business in 1948.
"The speedway's thoughts and prayers go out to fans and children that were involved. Management is proud of the fans and the paramedics that were on the scene in a very timely manner," Rife said.
According to the speedway, the three-foot tall concrete wall is up do to on its inspections. Repairs are now underway to make remedy the issue in time for Tuesday's "Night of Destruction" event expected to draw crowds of in excess of 2,000 people. There will also be a fireworks show following the demolition derby.