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Canadian Grand Prix Worker Dies After Recovery Vehicle Accident

Photo courtesy of Phil Carpenter at The Montreal Gazette
Photo courtesy of Phil Carpenter at The Montreal Gazette
Tim KeeneyContributor IJune 9, 2013

A worker at the Canadian Grand Prix died on Sunday afternoon after he was accidentally run over by a recovery vehicle in Montreal. 

The Federation Internationale de I'Automobile (FIA) released a statement confirming the sad news: "The FIA is sad to announce the death of a Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada circuit worker, at 6:02 pm."

According to the Montreal Gazette, the worker was a 38-year-old man who had been on the job for 10 years. 

After a crash in the race left a car mangled on the track, a crane needed to be brought out to transport it back to the garage. 

As the man was helping assist the crane, he bent down to pick up a radio that been dropped on the ground. The operator of the crane didn't see him and continued driving.   

The crane ran him over, and although he was conscious at first, his condition quickly worsened.  

He was transported via an ambulance to a nearby medical center. After being stabilized, he was taken to a nearby hospital in a helicopter, but quickly passed away before he could be operated upon.

Francois Dumontier, the president of the Canadian Grand Prix, called it "deplorable" and "a tragic end to what was a great weekend," via the Montreal Gazette report.

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