Nightmare moment

Ashley Judd tweets gratitude to Houston hospital after estranged hubby's horrific racing crash

Ashley Judd tweets thanks to Houston hospital after hubby's crash

Dario Franchitti and Ashley Judd
Franchitti and Judd in better days . . . The couple split in January after 11 years of marriage. (File photo) Photo courtesy of © INDYCAR/LAT USA

Actress and almost-Senate candidate Ashley Judd tweeted her regards to Memorial Hermann–Texas Medical Center early Wednesday, three days after her estranged husband Dario Franchitti fractured two vertebrae in a race car collision at the Houston Grand Prix.

Judd rushed to the side of the Indy 500 champ following the horrific Sunday crash, during which 13 spectators were injured by flying debris launched into the stands.

Franchitti underwent immediate surgery to stabilize his back and a severely-broken ankle. He is expected to return to Indianapolis later this week, according to a spokesperson from his racing team.

 Judd wrote on her always-active Twitter account just after midnight Wednesday:

Friends of the couple, who split in January, remain hopeful that the actress and race car driver can patch up their relationship after 11 years of marriage.

As soon as she learned of the accident on Sunday, Judd wrote on Twitter: