MONTREAL - A Canadian Grand Prix track marshal died in hospital after he was crushed by a truck at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve racetrack Sunday afternoon following the Formula 1 race.
The 38-year-old tripped and fell under a wheel of a crane that transported F-1 race cars, according to race organizers. He was escorting the crane as it hoisted a Sauber car damaged during the race.
"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," F-1 spokesman Matteo Bonciani said in a statement to reporters. "As he did this, he stumbled and was hit and run over by the recovery vehicle."
The F-1 medical team treated the man on site, and he was transported to Sacre-Coeur hospital by helicopter. The man was conscious after the incident but his condition deteriorated quickly and he died at hospital before the waiting trauma specialists could get him into surgery.
"Unfortunately, the doctors in the trauma room noticed immediately that he had died," said Sacre-Coeur spokesperson Josee Michelle-Simard.
Jacques Bouchard, head doctor for the race, said that the man suffered multiple fractures.
Canadian Grand Prix president Francois Dumontier said what happened was an "unfortunate accident."
The injured man was a seasoned marshal. He had worked at the last 10 Canadian Grand Prix races.