Brit Race Car Driver Survives Horror Smash

Submitted by: 134 6 years ago in Sports
http://www.asylum.com/2010/06/01/brit-race-car-driver-mike-conway-survives-horror-smash/

Yep, by all accounts, Mike Conway should be dead after this crash.
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Male 479
from metro.co.uk "Two fans were taken to hospital and treated for minor head injuries after being struck by debris after the collision at Turn 4."
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Male 126
i agree with mildcorma. when carbon fibre breaks like that it shreads into little tiny jagged pieces that would severely hurt someone. unless those fences have chicken wire or something to catch the big stuff. in which case all the little stuff would probably loose momentum before it hit anyone
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Male 2,034
Been there done that ;)
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Male 173
the car did what it was suppose to. engineering at its finest. what i was surprised by was the fact that i heard nothing about debris hitting the crowd. i realize there`s a fence but that`s a lot of carbon fiber shrapnel flying everywhere.
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Male 537
Watched this live... on the 2nd to the last lap this happened, finish under caution.
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Male 496
they design these cars now with a shell around the driver, basically encasing him in hardcore materials that wont burn or break in even the most horrific crashes (like this one). The seatbelts fire with small pyrotechnic charges that snap the harness so tight it probably broke a few of his ribs but also means he cant fly out of the seat. Its the same technology they use in fighter jet ejector seats to stop the pilots neck from breaking when they hit the wind stream at 600mph (ever tried sticking your head out of a car window at 60? yeah). Luck has nothing to do with it, this guys survival is a testament to the amazing safety precautions indy cars have now.
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Male 2,159
It`s a given that no-one would want to me Mike Conway in that situation, but I wouldn`t want to be Ryan Hunter-Reay (who he hit) - did you see how close he was to getting hit in the face with a car?!

I would normally say more than that on a car-related thread, but I`ve seen this elsewhere twice today already...
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Female 612
"Those roosterpits are built to withstand some massive crash forces. Still that was bad and scary from every angle."

Auto-filter amuses me. roosterpit.
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Male 2,159
I`d be pretty damn surprised if his helmet DID come off considering it`d take his head off with it. Then there`s the HANS device Fwoggie mentioned, the monocoque safety cell he`s sitting in...
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Male 25,416
Wow, thats amazing! lucky his helmet stayed on, that saved his life!
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Male 1,803
Safety in the top end classes (Indycar, WRC, F1, NASCAR) has dramatically improved over the 20 years I`ve been watching it. That would have killed him a few years ago. Wearing a HANS device sure as hell will have helped, that`ll be for sure.
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Male 17,512
Those roosterpits are built to withstand some massive crash forces. Still that was bad and scary from every angle.
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Male 496
Engineers are awesome...
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Male 52
"His car all but disappeared around him."
Just like it was supposed to.

If you really want to see a car disappear, look up Gordon Smiley.
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Male 6,694
All I can say is "Wow".
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Male 2,690
Holy crap, there were plenty of moments there where his head was extremely close to snapping off
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Male 3,322
"Very, very lucky?" He nearly friggin died! Lucky would have been to bumped the other car and kept driving!
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Male 953
Ah...That wasn`t that bad.
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Male 4,867
"fellow Briton" the fcuk america? the fcuk?!
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Male 299
Link: Brit Race Car Driver Survives Horror Smash [Rate Link] - Yep, by all accounts, Mike Conway should be dead after this crash.
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