Whitney Turner, from Tell City, was one of the fans injured in the accident at the racetrack in Daytona on Saturday.
TELL CITY, IN (WFIE) -
A Tell City woman was among the victims injured in that fiery NASCAR crash this weekend at Daytona.
Whitney Turner says she was only three seats away from where the car broke through the fence, leaving its engine in flames.
For Turner, it was supposed to be just a fun weekend of racing action, but that all changed when right in front of her eyes, Kyle Larson's car went airborne and the wreckage headed straight in her path.
"It's just, tires, engines and exhaust pieces of the car was just flying in the grandstands. Everybody was just yelling and screaming," Turner said. "It was horrible. I felt like I was kind of in a horror movie.
It was the finish no one was expecting. The wreckage unfolding right in front of Tell City NASCAR fan Turner, who was sitting right in the first row.
"I didn't know what to do. I thought I was going to lose my life. I turned around and ran because I thought I was going to die and I didn't want to see it," Turner said.
That's when she says debris and oil exploded into the crowd and 28 fans were hurt. Turner suffered a broken tibia, severe burns, and a severed Achilles tendon.
She spoke to reporters in Daytona as she left the hospital.
"I got hit by an engine, or a part of an engine, and I got a broken leg, but I'm not going to miss the race tomorrow," Turner said.
Turner says she didn't. She got to watch her favorite NASCAR driver take the checkered flag.
"I knew Jimmie Johnson was going to win and I had to be there. I was and he won. He won. That was amazing," Turner said.
Turner is on her way back home, trying to stay comfortable riding in the back of the truck.
She says she does think NASCAR needs to take steps to make sure the fans and the drivers are safer on race day.
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