Ashley Judd and Dario Franchitti are counting their blessings after the race car driver crashed during the Houston Grand Prix on Sunday, Oct. 6. The Divergent actress took to Twitter to express her gratitude the following day. "Amazed by the incredible outpouring of care & prayers," Judd wrote. "Thanks, everyone. Keeping our heads down here & doing what's in front of us to do."
Franchitti sustained several injuries after his car launched into the air and hit a fence. In addition to fracturing two vertebrae as a result of the accident, he also suffered a concussion. The 40-year-old underwent surgery Sunday to repair his broken right ankle.
Debris from the crash also injured 13 fans and one IndyCar Series official. Scoring official Kim Tyger suffered minor injuries and went to the hospital, as did two other attendees. The 11 remaining fans were treated on the scene and released.
"Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes. They mean a lot to me," Franchitti tweeted on Monday, Sept. 7. "I would also like to send my best to all the fans involved in the accident and hope that everyone is alright."
Franchitti will undergo a second surgery on his ankle once he is transferred to Indianapolis, Target Chip Ganassi Racing spokesman Kelby Krauss said Monday. The procedure could be "within a few days."
Judd—who split with Franchitti in January after 11 years of marriage—rushed to her estranged husband's side as soon as she heard about the accident. "Thank you for the prayers for @dariofranchitti," she tweeted Sunday. "I have only clothes on my back & the dogs but that's all that we need & we are on our way."