One of the workers who was injured in the MotorCar Festival on Friday has been upgraded from critical to stable condition.

On Friday, Jeff Banker and Byron Evans sustained injuries and were transported to a local hospital by Hamilton County EMS.

Evans sustained minor injuries and was discharged from the hospital.

As of Saturday morning, Mr. Banker's condition has been upgraded from critical to stable. 

The driver of the car was uninjured.


PREVIOUS STORY: Two MotorCar Festival workers were injured in a car wreck in downtown Chattanooga on Friday.

It happened around 9:30 a.m. on Riverside Drive.

Chattanooga Police Department spokesperson Elisa Myzal says a car that was being driven during the MotorCar Festival's time trials hit a barrier, causing it to hit two festival workers.

Myzal says one of the workers, 59-year-old Jeff Banker, was seriously injured.

The second worker who was hit by the barrier, 53-year-old Byron Evans, received minor injuries.

Both men were taken to a hospital. 

Myzal says Evans has been released, but Banker remains in the hospital.

Chattanooga photographer, Steven LLorca, was photographing the event and wrote about witnessing the incident. 

Myzal says Evans has been released, but Banker remains in the hospital.

A spokesperson for the event released the following statement:

"Two course workers were injured this morning on the time trial track after a car experienced a mechanical failure that resulted in contact with a barrier. Our number one priority is ensuring those injured get the medical attention they need, and a member of our staff is at the hospital monitoring the situation."

"We are deeply saddened by this incident. It is common practice after any incident to do a safety sweep of the course, which could take several hours, and we are working closely with investigators to determine the exact cause. While the time trial course will be shut down until further notice, other festival events will continue as planned. We remain committed to doing everything necessary to ensure the safety of everyone involved in this event and will share more details as we have them."

The time trial was delayed, but all other events as part of the festival are going on as planned.

Myzal the investigation of the crash is ongoing.

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