Le Mans 1955 horror crash

The 1955 Le Mans disaster occurred during the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1955_24_Hours_of_Le_Mans motor race in Le Mans, France in June 1955, when a crash caused large fragments of debris to fly into the crowd. Eighty-three spectators and driver https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Levegh died and 120 more were injured in the most catastrophic accident in motorsport history.

There was much debate over the apportioning of blame. To reach his pit-stop, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Hawthorn had to cut in front of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Macklin, causing Macklin to swerve into the path of Levegh in his much faster Mercedes. The collision propelled Levegh’s car upwards and into a concrete stairwell, where he was killed, and the wreck exploded in flames. The inquiry held none of the drivers responsible, and blamed the layout of the 30-year old track, which had not been designed for cars of this speed


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Tags: Le Mans,France,1955, horror crash,

Location: France