The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an annual car endurance event in France where teams compete to see which racing team can complete the most laps in 24 hours, with up to three drivers on a team taking turns.
But the 2013 event took a tragic turn, when only 10 minutes into the race, Danish driver Allan Simonsen died following a crash. The 34-year-old’s Aston Martin No. 95 crashed and spun out at the Tertre Rouge corner, where cars can reach a speed of over 100 mph, reports the AP.
Simonsen was pronounced dead at the hospital soon after his arrival. This was his seventh time participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This is the first fatality in over 15 years, the last being when driver Sebastien Enjolras died in a pre-qualifier in 1997. The last in-race fatality was driver Jo Gartner in 1986. But the worst crash came in 1955, when Pierre Levegh’s car flew into the crowd and killed over 80 spectators.