Driver, 13 Fans Hurt in IndyCar Smash
Dario Franchitti in Houston hospital
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 7, 2013 1:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a shocking multicar crash at yesterday's Houston Grand Prix. The Scotsman suffered a concussion, a spinal fracture that will not require surgery, and a fractured right ankle in the crash that also left 13 fans and a race official with minor injuries from flying debris, ESPN reports. Team officials say Franchitti was awake after the crash and is going to be OK.

Franchitti's car went airborne into a fence after he clipped the tire of Takuma Sato's car during the final lap. "On the last lap I caught the marbles and brushed the wall and lost momentum," Sato tells the Los Angeles Times. "A couple cars passed me as I was off line and in Turn 5. I got very loose and Dario and I came together. Hopefully Dario is OK." Race winner Will Power says the crash brought back disturbing memories of Dan Wheldon's fatal accident in Las Vegas two years ago.