Danish driver dies from crash at 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France

By Mike Singer | CBSSports.com

Danish driver Allan Simonsen has died from injuries suffered in a crash in the first hour of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, according to race officials.

Simonsen, 34, hit the safety barriers at the Tertre Rouge corner in his No. 95 Aston Martin in just the fourth lap of the race.

“The driver was immediately attended on the scene by the doctors from the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's Medical Service,” according to an official statement.

“In a serious condition, Allan Simonsen was transferred immediately to the Circuit Medical Centre, where he died soon after due to his injuries.”

It was Simonsen's seventh 24 Hours of Le Mans race. It is also believed to be the first death in the 24-hour race event since 1997.

CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre

Latest Video

October 6, 2015
Coby Fleener talks Colts and Andrew Luck (4:04)
October 6, 2015
Daniel Jacobs on surviving cancer and making a comeback
October 6, 2015
The Leonard Fournette story
October 6, 2015
Myles Jack dropping UCLA for NFL Draft


Most Popular

CBSSports Shop

Men's Nike Scarlet Ohio State Buckeyes No. 15 Limited Football Jersey

College Sideline Gear
Get your favorite school
Shop Now