Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family are safe after being involved in a plane crash Thursday in Tennessee.
Earnhardt’s sister Kelley confirmed that a plane carrying the retired NASCAR driver, his wife Amy and their daughter Isla crashed near Bristol. She said the family and their two pilots were taken to a hospital but are “safe” after the incident.
“Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation,” she wrote, in part, on Twitter. “We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding.”
WCYB later reported Earnhardt left the Johnson City Medical Center by police escort.
NBC Sports released a statement Thursday evening confirming Earnhardt will not be in the broadcast this weekend as he takes time to recover.
“We’re incredibly grateful that Dale, his wife Amy, daughter Isla, and the two pilots are safe following today’s accident,” the statement read. “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.”
WJHL was first to report the crash, with Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier confirming to the station that a plane carrying Earnhardt and his wife went down at Elizabethton Municipal Airport.
Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford told the station Earnhardt had been taken to Johnson City Medical Center due to what was described as “cuts and abrasions.”
Elizabethton Airport manager Dan Cogan confirmed a private plane ran off the end of the runway and caught fire, but noted all passengers got out of the plane.
The airport is about 15 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway, the site of this weekend’s NASCAR racing.