(Tragic Photos) IndyCar Driver Dan Wheldon Dies After Horrific Crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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(Tragic Photos) IndyCar Driver Dan Wheldon Dies After Horrific Crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas : NV : USA | Oct 16, 2011 at 6:49 PM PDT
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(Check It Out! Pictures!) British IndyCar champion driver Dan Wheldon dies after suffering multiple severe injuries at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway' horrific multi-car crash on October 16, 2011.

The 33-year-old English driver was involved in a multi-car accident where at least two cars become airborne and turning upside down. According to report, the car crash started in front of Wheldon and was catapulted over another racer and hurled into fencing and erupted in flames on Lap 12.

After Wheldon was flown by helicopter to University Medical Center, two hours later he was announced dead.

IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard stated:

"IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners have decided to end the race. In honor of Dan Wheldon, the drivers have decided to do a five-lap salute."

Images courtesy of AP, Reuters & Getty Images. See Pics!!!

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The race car of driver Will Power (L) goes airborne during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada October 16, 2011.
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  • The race car of driver Will Power (L) goes airborne during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada October 16, 2011.

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  • Dan Wheldon is loaded into a medical helicopter and airlifted to hospital

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  • Race car driver Wade Cunningham hits the wall during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada October 16, 2011.

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  • The race car of driver Will Power (L) hits the wall along with drivers J.R. Hildebrand (C) and Charlie Kimball (R) as flames from British driver Dan Wheldon's�car burst (at far left)�during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada..

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  • The race car of driver J.R. Hildebrand (R) lifts off the ground next to drivers Townsend Bell (L) and Jay Howard (C) during the IZOD IndyCar World Championship race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada October 16, 2011.

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  • Flames and sparks fly everywhere as 15 cars pile into each other in Las Vegas

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