ELIZABETHTON, TN (WSMV) - A plane crashed at the Elizabethton Municipal Airport Thursday afternoon and caught fire.
According to WCYB news, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy Reimann were on board the plane, as well as the family's dog.
WCYB's Kristen Quirion reporting from the scene says Dale Jr. was transported to an area hospital. He has since been released from Johnson City Medical Center and left via police escort.
Quirion spoke to the Carter County Sheriff, who reports that everyone, including the dog, survived the crash, and none of the injuries were serious.
I can confirm Dale, Amy & Isla along with his two pilots were involved in a crash in Bristol TN this afternoon. Everyone is safe and has been taken to the hospital for further evaluation. We have no further information at this time. Thank you for your understanding.— Kelley Earnhardt (@EarnhardtKelley) August 15, 2019
Kelley Earnhard, Dale's sister, also tweeted that Dale, his wife Amy, and their daughter Isla, as well as two pilots, were all safe, and taken to an area hospital for evaluation.
Highway 91 in Stony Creek was closed while investigators examined the wreckage.
Media Statement:At approximately 3:38 PM Wednesday, first responders were alerted that Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s jet ran off the end of the runway near the Elizabethton Municipal Airport. The CCSO, @ElizabethtonPD, @THPFallBranch, Elizabethton Fire Dept., 1/3 pic.twitter.com/pF8FQQwofm— Carter County SO (@CarterTNSheriff) August 15, 2019
...and Carter County Rescue Squad responded immediately. Initial reports indicate that all passengers made it off the jet alive. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was transported to the hospital. 2/3— Carter County SO (@CarterTNSheriff) August 15, 2019
We do not have word on his condition at this time, and his family has requested all inquiries about his injuries be directed to Mr. Earnhardt's PR firm. We will be working to provide more information as it becomes available.— Carter County SO (@CarterTNSheriff) August 15, 2019
Just after 5 p.m. Thursday, the Twitter account of the National Transportation Safety Board reported they were dispatching an investigation team to Tennessee.
NTSB is sending two investigators to Elizabethton, Tennessee, to begin investigation of today's runway excursion accident involving a Cessna 680 business jet.— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) August 15, 2019
This is a developing story. Stay tuned to News4 for updates.