Formula One Track Marshall Dies

By Karen Touma ( @KarenTouma )

Esteban Guiterrez’s Sauber

A track marshall was killed at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal after being run over by a mobile crane that was removing Esteban Guiterrez’s Sauber during the final stages of the race.

It is the first death in Formula One since another marshall was fatally injured in the 2001 Australian GP.

The FIA released a statement advising that the marshall, a member of the Notre Dame Automobile Club was transferred by helicopter to the Sacre-Coeur hospital in Montreal but his injuries were too severe and died.

”The worker was helping to recover a car which had stopped during the race,” the statement said.

”The recovery vehicle had lifted the car to return it to the pits and while doing this the worker dropped his radio and attempted to pick it up.

”As he did this, he stumbled and was hit and run over by the recovery vehicle.”

Drivers have been sending their sympathies via social media with Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton tweeting only moments ago.

“Really sad to hear about a marshal being killed at the Canadian GP. The marshals do an amazing job. Thoughts & prayers for him & his family”.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso also tweeted “Today there is nothing to celebrate. Terrible news arrive with the death of a marshal this race. Very sad R.I.P”

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