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Everyone knows that auto racing is one of the most dangerous sports in the world, but it’s usually the drivers and fans we think of as being most vulnerable.
Unfortunately, on Sunday we were all given a reminder that grave danger lurks pretty much everywhere in professional auto racing—even behind the scenes.
At Formula One’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, just after the checked flag waived to signal the end of the race, a track worker suffered a fatal injury. While helping guide a crane that was removing the disabled car of Esteban Gutierrez from the track, the worker dropped his radio and, while attempting to pick it up, fell down and was crushed underneath the wheel of the crane truck.
Trauma workers immediately rushed to the scene, and the man, whose name has not yet been released, was taken to the hospital via air ambulance. It was there that he succumbed to his injuries.
Here is a video that captures the horrible moments after the incident as various race officials ran frantically to and from the scene:
Sadly, this was not the first incident of race track workers being killed at Formula One events. However, the most notable previous cases involved officials being directly involved in wrecks in one way or another. This death is all the more tragic because it was more of a freak accident than a result of the inherent dangers of auto racing.
Our hearts go out to his family.
Hat Tip – [TSN]