Dario Franchitti hospitalized after scary accident

Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti learned about the ugly side of racing in a scary crash during Sunday’s Grand Prix of Houston.

Franchitti was involved in a three-car accident, along with Takuma Sato and E.J. Viso, in which his car was launched into the catch fence, spraying debris everywhere as his car was ripped to shreds.

Franchitti was immediately taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured spine. Thankfully, it will not require surgery and he should make a full recovery. He also suffered a concussion and a fractured ankle, which did require surgery.

Bottom lime: ouch.

The crash also injured a few spectators as debris flew into the grandstands. Thirteen spectators, including an IndyCar employee, were treated for minor injuries.

Franchitti — who, yes, was married to actress Ashley Judd until earlier this year — really made it out of the situation very lucky. You don’t usually see accidents like this one, where a car is launched into the fence, on road courses. Driver Alex Zanardi lost both legs in an IndyCar (then called CART) accident in 2001 and Franchitti’s friend Dan Wheldon was killed in an IndyCar accident in 2011.

These cars can go 200 mph no problem. The drivers aren’t messing around. Fellow driver Scott Dixon had some very emotional words after the race.

“It’s the smells and the visuals,” Dixon said. “You have the remnants of Vegas [where Wheldon was killed] popping into your head, coming around the corner, and you can’t drive through it because there’s a field of debris. There was nowhere near the amount of damage that we saw a few years back, but seeing the replay, I think, was the big shock.

“When I was driving around, I didn’t even look at the fence. To see Dario’s car definitely brings home what we do each weekend and the difficulties that we can have out there. It’s not a good sight to see, that’s for sure.”

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. He has watched IndyCar in person and let me tell you, the speed of them whizzing by at ground level is absurd.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

National

Donut capers stymie police in Oregon

For more than a month, mysterious vandals have been smearing pastries on cars, depositing donuts in lawns and leaving cakes strewn about the streets.

International

U.S., European airlines halt flights to Israel due…

U.S. and European airlines halted flights to Tel Aviv in an effort to ensure passenger safety as turmoil in Israel and the region has intensified.

Local

Eric Garner death prompts NYPD retraining, pols demanding…

The New York City Police Department will revise training procedures for its officers following the death of Staten Island man Eric Garner after an arrest gone awry.

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

Arts

PHOTO: Wildlife photographer Marc Mol captures amazing aerial…

This aerial image was taken by photographer Marc Mol who spotted the animals during an air safari in Zambia.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

NFL

5 players to watch at Giants training camp

Metro takes a look at five players who will be on everyone’s mind when Giants training camp gets underway.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.