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Marshal succumbs to Canadian GP injuries

The marshal caught up in a freak accident at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix has sadly succumbed to his injuries in hospital in Montreal.
The party atmosphere that followed an exciting Canadian Grand Prix was muted by news that a corner worker had succumbed to injuries sustained while clearing up Esteban Gutierrez's stranded Sauber.

The FIA confirmed that the marshal, who has yet to be named, was the victim of a freak accident that occurred during the recovery attempt at turn one towards the end of the grand prix.

The worker, a member of the Automobile Club de l'Île Notre Dame, was apparently attempting to pick up a dropped radio when he stumbled and was hit by the mobile crane that had already collected Gutierrez's car and was making its way back behind the barrier. The driver of the crane was unsighted and had no idea of his colleague's whereabouts.

The injured marshal was transported via helicopter to Sacre-Coeur Hospital, where he was treated by the traumatology department of deputy chief medical officer Dr Ronald Denis, and chief medical officer of the grand prix Dr Jacques Bouchard. Despite their efforts, however, the man succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Crash.net would like to add its condolences to those already expressed by the FIA, l'Automobile Club de l'Île Notre-Dame and various members of the F1 fraternity.

Tagged as: accident , Montreal , marshal

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June 10, 2013 11:01 PM

Pat, As I said earlier without marshals there is no racing, but is marshal safety as high a priority for the FiA as driver safety? I'm pretty sure it's not and that's wrong. A life lost at the track is a life lost, makes no difference whither it's a top F1 driver, a marshal or a spectator, it's a life and lessons should be learned to prevent it happening again.


June 10, 2013 9:33 PM

As a marshall with over 27 years service I can understand how sad we all are who work for free so that others can race. My only concern is that this man may have had a family and now have no wage earner, how other families that I've known have now little or no income. Please ensure his family are well cared for.

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