A motorway accident on Wednesday night in North Carolina has claimed the life of 29 year-old Tara Parker, the wife of Robert Yates Racing's #88 NASCAR Winston Cup crew-chief Shawn Parker, and her two younger sisters.

The three women were riding in a limousine as they returned from a rock concert in Greensboro North Carolina when their vehicle was struck from behind by a pick-up truck.

News reports have indicated that the limousine's fuel tank was ruptured by the impact, causing an explosion and that the three women could not be freed from the blaze. The driver of the limo was said to be uninjured.

The driver of the pick-up truck who, according to news reports, was driving while impaired, was being held by police while two people in a third car also involved, were said to be uninjured.

Obviously devastated by the news, the #88 team will still travel to the New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend for the Sylvania 300, although driver Dale Jarrett will have an interim crew-chief while Parker is away with his family and two month old daughter Jagger.

Parker, who had been married for less than three years, assumed crew-chief duties for the #88 team in early May after joining RYR as car-chief for Elliott Sadler at the start of the 2003 season.

Thursday's edition of FOX Sports' 'Totally NASCAR' show, which was to contain a feature with Jarrett, was postponed.

 

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