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Tony Stewart hits driver at NY dirt track, witness says

Driver Tony Stewart reacts during practice for the Brickyard 400 Sprint Cup series auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AJ Mast)
Champion race car driver Tony Stewart is reportedly the subject of a police investigation outside Rochester, New York.

Witnesses say he hit a fellow driver in an incident at Canandaigua Motorsports Park where both drivers took part in a race Saturday.

The Ontario County Sheriff's Department confirmed to Eyewitness News they are investigating an accident at the track involving Stewart. The department would not give further details.

But witnesses say Stewart hit another driver's car during the race. Then, that driver got out of his vehicle and walked toward Stewart's car. Stewart then reportedly ran into him with his car, throwing him a great distance. Stewart did not appear to be injured.



A hospital spokeswoman says one patient is being treated from Saturday night's crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park. She would not give a condition or further details.

The track canceled the remainder of the Empire Super Sprints slate within five minutes.

Calls to Stewart's representatives were not immediately returned.

Canandaigua Motorspots Park released the following statement Saturday night: "Canandaigua Motorspots Park will not have an official statement on the accident that happened in the ESS race until tomorrow. Please pray for the entire racing community of fans, drivers, and families. Please be respectful in any comments."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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