Canadian Grand Prix worker killed after crane accident
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - A track worker for the Canadian Grand Prix was killed after being run over by a mobile crane following the conclusion of Sunday's Formula One race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The worker, a 38-year-old male whose identity was not immediately released, was assisting in the retrieval of Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber after he crashed in the closing laps of the 70-lap race. He tripped and fell into the path of the crane that was transporting Gutierrez's car back to the pit area. The individual had dropped his radio and attempted to pick it up when he fell.
He was taken to the track's infield medical care center before transported by helicopter to Montreal's Sacre-Coeur Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
F1's governing body, the FIA, released a statement, saying, "The FIA, l'Automobile Club de l'Ile Notre-Dame and the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada want to communicate their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim."
Sebastian Vettel won the Canadian GP for the first time. Vettel also expressed his condolences.
"It is very, very sad to hear that a marshal tragically lost his life today in Canada," Vettel said in a statement. "The work of marshals is not always seen, but it is vital to our sport, and without their commitment, time and dedication, there would be no motorsport. I am very, very sad to hear this news, and my thoughts are with his family and friends."