Dale Earnhardt Jr., wife and child escape plane crash without serious injury

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ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (WJHL) – Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family are OK following a fiery plane crash at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport in Tennessee on Thursday.

Emergency officials said Earnhardt Jr. was taken to the Johnson City Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries after the crash. Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier said Earnhardt’s wife and child were also on the plane, along with a pilot, one other passenger, and a family dog.

The FAA said 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.

Kelly Earnhardt tweeted that “everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation.”

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.

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