3 crew members injured in pit road fire at Richmond

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) NASCAR says three pit road crew members were taken to a hospital after a fire broke out on pit road Friday night during the Xfinity Series race at Richmond International Raceway.

Two of the crew members were working in Brendan Gaughan's pit, where the fire erupted, and one was in Eric McClure's pit.

There was no additional information about the extent of their injuries, or what sparked the fire.

Television replays showed a huge ball of flame that appeared to engulf at least one crew member in Gaughan's pit.

NASCAR identified the three injured as Gaughan's rear tire changer, Anthony O'Brien, and fueler, Josh Wittman, and Clifford Turner, a crew member from McClure's team. McClure's team said later that Turner had been treated and released.

There was no word on the condition of O'Brien or Wittman.

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