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    Further tragedy struck this year's Indianapolis "500" motor race on Wednesday (May 30th), when it finally got under way after being postponed two days because of bad weather.

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    GV Car round bend

    GV Car driven by Savage comes round bend in flames

    LV ZOOM TO SCU Savage trapped in burning car and firemen moving in with extinguishers

    SV PULL BACK TO LV Terain's body lying on track

    GV Ambulance arrives

    Initials ES. 2156 ES. 22.08


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    Background: Further tragedy struck this year's Indianapolis "500" motor race on Wednesday (May 30th), when it finally got under way after being postponed two days because of bad weather.

    Driver Sweda Savage was seriously injured when his car disintegrated and burst into flames he was trapped for ten minutes before being freed and is in a critical condition in the Indianapolis Methodist Hospital.

    A pit crewmen, 23-year-old Armando Terain, From Culver City, California, was killed when he was hit by a fire engine on its way to the point where Savage's car had crashed. He was hurled a hundred feet (30 metres) along the track.

    The race had been marred when, minutes after the start on Monday, driver David "Salt" Walther was seriously hurt in a crash. Six other cars piled into each other while trying to avoid 25-year-old Walther's car. Burning wreckage flew into the crowd and nine spectators, including two girls, were taken to hospital suffering from burns.

    Shortly after this accident, the race was postponed because of heavy rain. When it finally went ahead two days later, rain again forced a halt after 134 laps.

    The eventual winner was little-known local driver Gordon Johncock Second was Bill Yukovich, of Fresno, California, and third was Roger McCluskey, from Tucson, Arizona.

    A.J. Foyt's attempt to win for the fourth time was foiled after his won car broke a piston. He resumed in another car after Savage's accident, when he took over a car driven by team-mate George Snider; their combination finished twelfth.

    SYNOPSIS: The trouble-plagued Indianapolis motor race resumed on Wednesday after days of heavy rain. But tragedy struck on the fifty-ninth lap when a car driven by Swede Savage struck the outside wall of the track. The car spun across the track, hit the inside wall and burst into flames.

    Savage, who had been leading, was trapped in his blazing car. Firemen were soon on the scene, but it was ten minutes before Savage was pulled from the Wreckage. Twenty-six-year-old Savage, who had serious injuries, was flown to hospital by helicopter. His condition was reported to be critical. Savage's team-mate, Gordon Johncock, won the race, which was terminated sixty-six laps early by heavy rain.

    But the worst of the tragedy was to come. A fire tender rushing to Savage's blazing car hit a mechanic Twenty-three-year-old Armando Terain, from California was hurled a hundred feet along the track. He died an hour after being rushed to hospital in Indianapolis.

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