• Short Summary

    Veteran American motor-racing driver Art Pollard died on Saturday (12 May) after he was involved in what veterans have described as one of the worst-ever accidents at the Indianapolis speedway.

  • Description

    Veteran American motor-racing driver Art Pollard died on Saturday (12 May) after he was involved in what veterans have described as one of the worst-ever accidents at the Indianapolis speedway.

    Pollard, from Medford in Oregon, was doing about 200 miles an hour (320 k.p.h.)
    His car apparently hit a wall coming out of the first turn, half-spun into a grassy area off the tack, and then -- completely enveloped in flames -- overturned at least twice before coming to rest 1,400 feet (about 450 metres) further along the track.

    Pollard, who was forty-six and had two children, was taken out of the burnt wreck of the car into the track's new cardiac ambulance but he died about twenty minutes after reaching the Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

    He had suffered a broken arm and sever burns to his hands, face and neck as well as lung damage through inhalation of flames.

    Examination of his tyre marks after the accident showed that he'd been positioned correctly just before the bend but had then apparently just drifted into the wall.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2W7MHULQDYZ49UGLF9U0YETQV
    Media URN:
    VLVA2W7MHULQDYZ49UGLF9U0YETQV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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