ELIZABETHTON, N.C. (WBTV) - The NASCAR world is publicly expressing their relief after legendary driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with his wife, daughter and two pilots, survived a plane crash Thursday afternoon.
Kelley Earnhardt provided the initial update on the family shortly after news of the crash emerged, confirming the safety of all aboard.
While the Earnhardts were taken to the hospital for precautionary measures following the crash, the Elizabethton Fire Department confirmed that no major injuries were suffered and that the family got off the plane safely.
Fellow NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson quickly expressed his own relief that the family had escaped the incident unscathed.
Other former and current NASCAR drivers also expressed their support after they got word of the plane crash. the drivers included William Byron, Regan Smith, Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano and Jeff Burton.
Hendrick Motorsports also released a statement expressing their gratitude that everyone on board had been declared safe.
Legendary college basketball announcer Dick Vitale also reached out publicly, offering prayers for the family following the harrowing crash.
Elizabethton Fire Chief Barry Carrier spoke to CBS affiliate WJHL following the crash and confirmed that the family had been transported to the hospital after exiting the plane while it actively burned up spilled diesel.