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Subject: Sadly, one of Savage's pit crew was killed by firetruck when it was racing there wrong way on track, to the scene at 60 mph! ...
Armando Teran, 22, was killed instantly when he ran out across the pit lane in an effort to come to Savage's aid.
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Date Posted:Thursday, July 02, 01:07:53pm In reply to:
's message, "Swede Savage is also the last driver fatally injured during the Indy 500" on Thursday, July 02, 11:23:42am
On Lap 57, Swede Savage made his scheduled pit stop, getting 70 gallons of fuel and a right rear tire. Two laps later, he was in second place behind race leader Al Unser. As Unser committed to make his pit stop on Lap 59, Savage lost control of his car as he exited Turn 4. The car made a series of twitches, and then made a hard left and slid across the inside of the track at nearly top speed, hitting the angled inside retaining wall nearly head on. The force of the impact, along with the car carrying a full load of fuel, caused a huge explosion and subsequent fireball. The transaxle and the engine had separated from the car and tumbled end over end into the pit lane entrance while Savage, still strapped in his seat, was thrown back across the circuit. Savage came to a rest adjacent to the outer retaining wall, fully conscious and completely exposed in a pool of flaming methanol. Fire and safety crews immediately descended onto the scene to help Savage. And then, tragedy struck again. One of the fire trucks was stationed at the south end of the pits at the exit of pit road, which meant that in order to respond to the crash in the most direct manner, it would have to traverse the pit lane against the traffic.
...So the truck responded, laying on the horn to warn any bystanders. As the truck barreled down pit lane, several crew members began moving across pit lane to the grass infield at trackside to render assistance, and pit board man Armando Teran ran right into the path of the speeding firetruck. The truck struck Teran with such force that it tossed his body over 50 feet and knocked him completely out of his shoes. The impact was seen by thousands of spectators, as it occurred on pit lane at nearly the Start/Finish line. Teran suffered crushed ribs and a broken skull, and died shortly afterward at the hospital. He was 22 years old.