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NASCAR driver hospitalized after head-on crash with big rig, per statement


A NASCAR driver on the way to the Daytona International Speedway was injured in a crash involving a big rig.

On Wednesday afternoon, NASCAR driver Chris Hacker, 24, was traveling through South Carolina headed for Daytona, Florida, when he was involved in a crash with a semi truck.

According to a statement issued by Hacker’s representatives, “a semi truck crossed the center line and hit Chris’s Mustang head on.”

Hacker was airlifted to a Columbia, South Carolina, hospital.

Hacker reportedly suffered multiple injuries but is stable and expected to fully recover.

“Chris is in good spirits and his family has flown to South Carolina to be with him. He will remain in the hospital while he recovers but hopes to be able to return home in the coming weeks. He appreciates everyone’s thoughts and prayers and looks forward to a speedy recovery and getting back to the track,” the statement reads.

Hacker’s representatives did not provide detailed information on where the crash occurred or whether the truck driver was injured.

After a DWI that resulted in a driving suspension from NASCAR last year, Hacker said earlier in the week that he has been six months sober.


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