ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL/WYMT) - 9:00 PM UPDATE:
Emergency officials said Earnhardt Jr. was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries following that plane crash.
Not long after that crash, in a one-on-one interview with News Channel 11’s Josh Smith, Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said in part, “a lot of the NASCAR drivers, families, officials come in and out of the airport during all of the races.”
Lunceford added, “…to find out everybody is fine, no serious injuries, no vehicles were hit, this is a very busy roadway, we’re very fortunate and blessed that no one was hurt.”
Late Thursday night NASCAR officials made the announcement over the air that Dale Earnhardt Jr. had been released from the hospital and had visited the track.
Earlier in the evening, NBC PR released a statement that Earnhardt Jr. would not be in the broadcast booth for the Bristol races.
NTSB did confirm through social media they would be sending two investigators to look into the crash.
As crews continue to both investigate and clear the scene, there are detour routes in place as police anticipate Highway 91 will be closed until at least Friday evening.
7:15 PM UPDATE:
Elizabethton Police Chief Jason Shaw says State Route 91 will likely remain closed until 7 p.m. Saturday following today’s plane crash.
The Elizabethton Police Department shared a map of a detour route.
6:15 PM UPDATE:
In a text message, Dale Earnhardt Jr. told ESPN’s Marty Smith that he and his family are OK following a plane crash at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport.
6:00 PM UPDATE:
The National Transportation Safety Board says it is investigating the plane crash at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport that sent retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the hospital.
The NTSB says it is sending two investigators to look into the “runway excursion accident.”
NTSB investigating today's crash of a Cessna 680 business jet in Elizabethton, TN.— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) August 15, 2019
5:50 PM UPDATE:
A fire marshall on the scene the crash said there were about 1,000 gallons of fuel on the plane and that a significant amount spilled. The leak was stopped according to the official.
4:50 PM UPDATE:
Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center for minor injuries according to Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford.
Earnhardt’s injuries were described as just cuts and abrasions.
The sheriff said Earnhardt’s wife and child were also on the plane, along with a pilot, one other passenger, and a family dog.
Kelly Earnhardt tweeted that “everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation.”
I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding.— Kelley Earnhardt (@EarnhardtKelley) August 15, 2019
4:30 PM UPDATE:
Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been transported to a hospital following a plane crash at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport, according to Carter County Sheriff’s Office.
CCSO is unsure of his condition.
The FAA says a Cessna Citation belonging to JRM Air, LLC based in Mooresville, North Carolina rolled off the end of a runway around 3:40 p.m.
Preliminary information indicates that three people on the plane evacuated no injuries were reported to the FAA.
4:10 PM UPDATE:
Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier says Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife were on the plane that crashed at the Elizabethton Airport this afternoon.
They were not injured in the crash according to Carrier.
Emergency crews are responding to a plane crash at the Elizabethton Airport.
Airport Manager Dan Cogan says a private plane has run off the end of the runway and caught fire. He says all passengers are out of the plane.
Highway 91 at Industrial Drive is closed according to Carter County dispatch.
The sheriff’s office is asking people to avoid the area.