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Western NC teen among injured in Daytona NASCAR crash

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Caroline's injured arm is wrapped up after the crash during Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race in Daytona Beach. (Feb. 23, 2013/Courtesy Caroline Morris) Caroline's injured arm is wrapped up after the crash during Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race in Daytona Beach. (Feb. 23, 2013/Courtesy Caroline Morris)
WAYNESVILLE, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Caroline Morris has had a heck of a past few days as she recovers and hears from a lot of people who were worried about her following a serious crash at a NASCAR race.

"It just happened so quickly, it still feels like a dream to me," she said, referring to what happened to her Saturday.

She was one of the injured spectators in the crash this weekend in Daytona Beach, FL.

"This was my fourth year going," she said.

Sixteen-year-old Caroline had traveled to Florida with her father and a group of others for Saturday's race from Waynesville, NC. Everything, she said, seemed fine - until the end.

"I just heard a big crash, Kyle Larson's car had hit the fence," she recalled. "I saw a tire fly over the fence, and I could see parts coming everywhere."

She was hit.

"I looked down and I realized that I had been hit by a lug nut that had flown off the same tire that had hit someone two rows and four seats over from me," she said.

Her injuries are relatively minor. All that remains is a scrape from where she was hit, and some soreness. But she said it was much worse - at first she had a large black and purple bruise that forced her to go to a local hospital to get treated.

Her injuries were minor compared with some of the more severe injuries reported at the track that day.

Despite that, she went back the next day to the Daytona 500 - even sitting in the same seats. She told FOX Carolina that it was unusual to be back in the same spot where she and so many others were wounded.

But she also said it helped. After all, she said, "I am a big fan. I love NASCAR."

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