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15-car Wreck Leaves Dan Wheldon Seriously Injured
CBS DFW ^ | 10-16-11 | CBSSports

Posted on 10/16/2011 2:28:38 PM PDT by ConservativeChris

LAS VEGAS (CBS Sports.com) – IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon has been seriously injured in a massive 15-car wreck has sent cars flying through the air early in Sunday’s Las Vegas Indy 300.

Paul Tracy, who was involved in the wreck, said a team of doctors were working on Wheldon, but there was no word of his injuries. A helicopter lifted off from the speedway, but there was no indication if Wheldon was onboard.

Pippa Mann also appeared to be shaky as she was helped to an ambulance.

The wreck coming out of Turn 2 on the 12th lap left Townsend Bell upside down, smoldering cars strewn all over the track and debris nearly halfway up the straightaway of the 1.5-mile oval.

Wheldon was in line to win $5 million had he won the race.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Sports
KEYWORDS: accident; indy; indycar; indyracing; racing; tragedy; wheldon
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To: Abigail Adams

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


21 posted on 10/16/2011 3:08:05 PM PDT by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: PilotDave

Just heard, so tragic..saw the crash on TV, it did not look survivable. Prayers to his family during this very difficult time


22 posted on 10/16/2011 3:08:18 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ConservativeChris

Very sad. The way Tony Kanaan was breaking up it just seemed a lot worse than expected.


23 posted on 10/16/2011 3:09:07 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: ConservativeChris
Ironic in the extreme that this occurs in the same state as that recent Reno Air Race tragedy although so far as I can tell no spectators were injured here. These are very dangerous activities and these machines are running on the knife-edge of skill and performance. That means that there is almost no room for failure by driver, pilot or machine.

God bless all who challenge the limits because by doing so not only do they thrill us but the technology they pioneer frequently becomes our own safety nets.

24 posted on 10/16/2011 3:10:06 PM PDT by SES1066 (Vote in 2012 for OUR CIVIL RIGHTS not the Left's!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Video on you tube of wreck. Worst I have ever seen. People tend to forget with all the safety advances, this is a very dangerous sport


25 posted on 10/16/2011 3:10:34 PM PDT by rstrahan
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To: SandyInSeattle

Very Very sad.


26 posted on 10/16/2011 3:10:47 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: rstrahan

It is a very dangerous sport. The last crash I remember was Dale Earnhardt..seems like only yesterday that happened..now unfortunately history has repeated itself. Two little boys lost their Dad today, so tragic


27 posted on 10/16/2011 3:12:07 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: SES1066

“That means that there is almost no room for failure by driver, pilot or machine”

One driver got a LITTLE goofy,(moved in like a foot) and all hell broke loose.


28 posted on 10/16/2011 3:13:58 PM PDT by ConservativeChris
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To: Sarah Barracuda

Playing Amazing Grace during the Five Lap tribute for Dan Wheldon....


29 posted on 10/16/2011 3:30:37 PM PDT by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: yield 2 the right

Yeah I saw it, it was a nice tribute


30 posted on 10/16/2011 3:47:16 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: ConservativeChris

I think they should stop running indy cars on NASCAR tracks. Very dangerous...


31 posted on 10/16/2011 4:34:11 PM PDT by ColdSteelTalon (Light is fading to shadow, and casting its shroud over all we have known...)
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