Dale Earnhardt Jr. in a Fiery Plane Crash, Reportedly Unharmed

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Photo credit: Dale Campbell/WCNC/Twitter
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From Popular Mechanics

Former NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family were involved in a fiery plane crash in Tennessee on Thursday, according to multiple reports. But Earnhardt and the other people aboard the small plane—including his wife, Amy, 1-year-old daughter, Isla, and the aircraft’s two pilots—reportedly escaped the wreckage without major injuries.

Here’s a video from the scene of the crash, courtesy of ABC News, that shows black smoke rising from the plane:

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The accident occurred when the plane ran off the runway at Elizabethton Municipal Airport, though it’s unknown what caused the skid. WCYB-TV in northern Tennessee posted this exclusive video of Earnhardt being treated for potential injuries at the scene:

Fortunately, Earnhardt’s sister, Kelley, tweeted after the crash that everyone on the plane is safe. ESPN says Earnhardt was transported to Johnson City Medical Center and was “conscious and talking” following the accident.

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Earnhardt, the son of the late NASCAR Hall-of-Fame driver Dale Earnhardt Sr., is a two-time Daytona 500 winner and current analyst for NASCAR on NBC. He retired from driving full time in 2017, but still occasionally competes for JR Motorsports in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and will next race on August 31 at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.

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