MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. – Kaulig Racing confirmed Wednesday night that the hauler for the team’s No. 10 Chevrolet was involved in a highway accident on Interstate 40 en route to Kansas Speedway.
According to North Carolina Highway Patrol officials, the Kaulig hauler was traveling west on I-40 when it traveled off the right side of the roadway and crashed through the guardrail on the shoulder, near mile marker 93, at approximately 5 p.m. ET.
It then went down an embankment and turned over before stopping in the woods.
Per Motorsport.com, the accident began after Barry Sheppard – the hauler driver – suffered a medical issue behind the wheel. Former NASCAR official Barry Collins was the co-driver.
Team president Chris Rice confirmed the hauler involved belonged to Kaulig in a statement released through social media in the hours following news of the crash filtering out.
“While on the way to Kansas Speedway, the No. 10 Kaulig Racing transporter was involved in an unfortunate incident along I-40,” said Rice. “Both our hauler drivers are alert and have been transported to the hospital for further evaluation.
“As planned, our team will field two entries and compete for the win.”
Per FOX Carolina, Sheppard and Collins were transported by ambulance to Mission Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.