• Short Summary

    GLENN (FIREBALL) ROBERTS, A FAMOUS AMERICAN STOCK CAR RACE DRIVER, WAS CRITICALLY BURNED IN A SPECTACULAR THREE-CAR ACCIDENT SOON AFTER THE START OF A 600 MILE STOCK-CAR RACE AT CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (SOUTHEAST U.

  • Description

    GLENN (FIREBALL) ROBERTS, A FAMOUS AMERICAN STOCK CAR RACE DRIVER, WAS CRITICALLY BURNED IN A SPECTACULAR THREE-CAR ACCIDENT SOON AFTER THE START OF A 600 MILE STOCK-CAR RACE AT CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA (SOUTHEAST U.S.) ON SUNDAY.

    HE WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL WITH HIS LIFE HANGING IN THE BALANCE. A CAR DRIVEN BY ROBERT JOHNSON OF NORTH CAROLINA SPUN OUT OF CONTROL A FEW MINUTES AFTER THE START OF THE RACE ON THE 7TH LAP. ROBERTS AND NED JARRETT OF NORTH CAROLINA - EACH TRAVELLING AT ABOUT 150 MILES PER HOUR - COLLIDED IN AN EFFORT TO AVOID THE JOHNSON CAR. BOTH FUEL TANKS EXPLODED INTO A ROARING FIRE. ALL THREE CARS IN THE ACCIDENT WERE FORDS.

    THE JOHNSON CAR WAS RELATIVELY UNSCATHED. JARRETT WAS ABLE TO GET OUT OF HIS CAR QUICKLY AND HE PULLED ROBERTS, A 200-POUND MAN, FROM THE BLAZING WRECKAGE
    ROBERTS IS 33 YEARS OLD AND HAS WON BIG STOCK CAR RACES ALL OVER THE SOUTHERN UNITED STATES, WHERE THEY ARE VERY POPULAR. HE GOT HIS NICKNAME "FIREBALL" WHILE PLAYING BASEBALL. HE LIVES IN DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA (SOUTHEAST U.S.).

    A CROWD OF 68 THOUSAND SAW THE RACE, WHICH CARRIED PRIZE MONEY OF 110 THOUSAND DOLLARS. IT WAS WON BY JIM PASCHAL OF NORTH CAROLINA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD50V79B552GQWTWKKM0TQVJRT
    Media URN:
    VLVAD50V79B552GQWTWKKM0TQVJRT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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