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Gilles Villeneuve's Fatal Crash
Few things are as chilling as seeing a race car driver ejected from his car during a crash. Whereas decades ago, drivers hoped to be "thrown clear" of a crash, modern race cars are built to provide of a protective shell around the driver. Gilles Villeneuve was considered another of Formula One's greatest drivers. In this clip you can actually see his body catapulted across the track and into a safety fence. He died that night after being put on life support.
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Eddie Sachs & Dave MacDonald's Fatal Crash
The Indy 500, 1964. Dave MacDonald, driving what many regarded as a horribly built race car, lost control. Hitting the inside wall, MacDonald's car exploded then veered back across the track where it was broadsided by the car of Eddie Sachs, creating a second explosion. Johnny Rutherford, driving the car behind Sachs, was left with no choice but to hit the throttle and power through the carnage. With his car now on fire, Rutherford was then broadsided by Bobby Unser. The car behind Rutherford, driven by Ronnie Duman, was then rear ended by Bobby Unser, who now had no steering, causing Duman's car to also explode. MacDonald died two hours later in the hospital. Eddie Sachs died in his car. Fellow drivers reported seeing him trying to get out. This was the first time in history that the Indy 500 was stopped because of an accident.
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Jerry Caminito - Drag Race
In 1994, Jerry Caminito had one of the worst, funny car crashes ever to be filmed. When Caminito's spill plate snapped off, he lost control of his car and went careening through the left barrier as his car was completely destroyed. Fortunately, Caminito was airlifted to a hospital and survived.
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Lorenzo Bandini's Fatal Crash
At the 1967 Monaco Grand Prix, Lorenzo Bandini lost control of his car. Clipping the guard rail with his rear-left wheel, Bandini skidded into a light pole. His car flipped over and burst into flames. Trapped in his car, Bandini received third degree burns to 70% of his body. He would succumb to his injuries three days later.
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Niki Lauda - 1976 Nurburgring
The Nordschleife, one of the most amazing race tracks in the world. In 1976, it was predetermined that the 14 mile track was no longer suitable for modern F1 safety regulations and television broadcasts. Niki Lauda, one of the greatest drivers in the sport, tried to boycott the race based on those safety concerns. The other drivers overruled Niki's suggestion, and as fate would have it, it would be Niki himself who would almost burn to death during the race. Niki was saved by three of his fellow drivers who stopped and pulled him from his car. Even though they had a Porsche, the race officials weren't able to get there quick enough.
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Dale Earnhardt's Fatal Crash
As one of the most popular race car drivers in NASCAR, Dale Earnhardt's death shook American motor racing. The crash is famous for appearing so minimal (similar to Senna's). Earnhardt died of a Basilar skull fracture. Unfortunately, Earnhardt had refused to wear a HANS device, which would have protected him from such an injury. Due to this crash, HANS devices are now mandatory.
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