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IndyCar Driver Wheldon Dies in Crash

Las Vegas, NV (WWBT)- 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday afternoon from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash that occurred on the 13th lap of the World Championship in Las Vegas.  He was 33 years old.

Wheldon's car went airborne flew over another car on lap 13 of the race and slammed into the crash fence that extends up from the wall, part of the fiery 15 car wreck.  The race was canceled and the drivers returned to the track to do a five lap tribute to Wheldon.

Wheldon moved to the United States from his native England and won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time this past May.  He was in position to win five million dollars if he could have won Sunday's race.  Wheldon started at the back of the field and was working his way up through the pack when the crash occurred. 

Many drivers who witnessed the accident said it was the worst they'd ever seen.

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