Gateway International Raceway Accident
The LA Times reports that after the tire exploded, the vehicle crossed over the center line, from the left lane, and erupted into a fireball. While in the fireball state, the vehicle moved back into the left lane and hit the barrier where it slid to a stop.
It was later determined that Russell was killed by debris from the explosion caused by the tire, not the crash or resulting fire. One unique thing about this race is that Russell was racing against Scott Kalitta.
The LA Times also reports that it shows the left tire was shredding and the wing in the rear was twisted and pulled down. While the parachute did deploy, it was not able to keep the Russell vehicle from hitting the front of Kalitta’s. In this race, Kalitta was not injured.
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