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Published on Jul 27, 2011
This sporting tragedy is the most catastrophic accident in motor racing history. Pierre Levegh's Mercedes crashed and blew up at 125mph, killing Levegh and sending debris flying in to the crowd at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 83 people were killed and 120 were injured.
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