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Dale Earnhardt Jr., family escape plane crash with just minor injuries

Dale Earnhardt Jr. [NICK WASS/ASSOCIATED PRESS]
By Gary Dinges gdinges@gatehousemedia.com
Posted: Aug. 15, 2019 4:35 pm Updated: Aug. 15, 2019 7:14 pm

Famed NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family were able to escape a Thursday plane crash with just cuts and bruises, according to media reports.

TV station WJHL reports the crash happened in Bristol, Tennessee, just before 4 p.m.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., his wife, a child and the family dog were on the private jet, along with one other passenger and the pilot.

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Everyone was taken to an area hospital to be evaluated and treated, according to WJHL.

The Cessna Citation reportedly rolled off the end of a runway and caught fire. The plane is registered to JRM Air LLC, a Mooresville, North Carolina, firm.

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