Indy 500 champion Wheldon dies after crash

(Reuters) – British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon has died after a horrific 15-car crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday which left the motor sports world in shock.

The 33-year-old, a two-times winner of the Indy 500, was involved in a multi-car accident 13 laps into the Las Vegas Indy 300 which sent his vehicle flying and left wreckage and debris across the track.

Wheldon’s car flew over another and caught part of the catch fence just past the apex of turn two.

The incident left Townsend Bell’s car upside down and smoldering cars strewn along the track.
Wheldon, who lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, was flown by helicopter to University Medical Center in Las Vegas for treatment before his death was announced two hours later.

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