• Short Summary

    Drivers in the annual Indianapolis 500 mile motor race are used to the threat of death that hangs over the track during America's biggest motor race, but on May 30 it was the spectators who were the victims, when a stand collapsed killing two and injuring about 70.

  • Description

    Drivers in the annual Indianapolis 500 mile motor race are used to the threat of death that hangs over the track during America's biggest motor race, but on May 30 it was the spectators who were the victims, when a stand collapsed killing two and injuring about 70.

    Erected outside the race track on a truck, owned by Wilbur Short ridge, the stand was built by some of the people who were using it when it tipped over under the weight of the crowd. Before the start of the race, when the cars were arriving at the starting grid, many of the spectators on the stand crossed to the other side to get a better view. Then before the eyes of the crowd it crashed over.

    At once rescue operations got under way and the 150 people - many of them trapped or unable to move due to their injuries - were pulled out from under the wreckage. Ambulances were rushed to the scene to ferry them to hospital.

    Meanwhile elsewhere in the ground spectators were cheering as the gruelling race got under way, most of them learned of the accident for the first time in the newspapers or on the radio.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2EL5JZ66ZACRZD21BOVIQGYIZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2EL5JZ66ZACRZD21BOVIQGYIZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/06/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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