Motorsport tragedy in Las Vegas

I was going through the news this morning when images such as the ones below caught my attention.

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They were seemingly straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster: an epic racetrack tragedy that saw 15 cars flung over, exploding, disintegrating, and with debris flying everywhere. It lasted mere seconds and cost the life of Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon.

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I'm not really that much of a sports fan but this incident clearly had me. Following his win in the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year, Wheldon was poised to take home a $5 million bonus if he'd win the Las Vegas Indy 300 -- with the challenge of starting from the back of the 34-driver grid. And it all ended in tragedy.

R.I.P., Dan.

Photos from Ghetty Images
There's also a slideshow over at Yahoo!.


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