In his second race, on his new Harley, wearing minimal safety gear, Campanale survived a motorcycle pile-up that is still considered one of the worst in history. Driver June McCall was leading the race in the Oakland 200 in 1941. McCall fell, causing Campanale to swerve to miss him. In the swerve, Camapanale lost control and went down, along with several other drivers. He spent many months in the hospital recovering with fellow rider Jim Kelly. Campanale later described the wreckage of bodies and parts as looking as if a bomb had gone off.
The wreck took the lives of two and put three in the hospital. Ben Campanale was finally inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.
Roethlisberger’s Las Vegas Wreck
Although this incident did not happen in a race, the story begs to be told. Ben Roethlisberger is no stranger to motorcycle wrecks, having had one in 2006 that broke his upper and lower jaw, and his nose. However, in 2009, Roethlisberger was involved in a motorcycle accident that resulted in an alleged injury to a woman’s private parts.
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