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The driver dies while trying to speed on the airfield


The driver dies attempting to set a land speed record at Elvington Airfield, where Top Gear's Richard Hammond nearly killed himself in 2006

  • The circumstances of the incident at Elvington Airfield east of York are to be investigated in depth
  • A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said officers and ambulance services were at the scene of the accident
  • Photos of the scene show a car being lifted onto the back of a tow truck by a crane and damaged

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A driver died while attempting to record a British speed record at the same airfield where Richard Hammond crashed in 2006.

A full investigation into the circumstances of the incident at Elvington Airfield, east of York, is due to take place on Thursday afternoon.

North Yorkshire Police said they were called in a "serious collision" shortly after 4:30 pm.

A spokesman said the officers and ambulance service were on site and urged, "Please do not try to access the airfield at this time."

The driver died trying to set a land speed record. A car can be seen in the back of a tow truck

North Yorkshire police said they were called in a "serious collision" shortly after 4:30 pm

North Yorkshire police said they were called in a "serious collision" shortly after 4:30 pm

Pictures from the scene show a car being lifted onto the back of a tow truck by a crane.

A Motorsport UK spokesman said: “More information will be provided as soon as the first results of the investigation are available.

"Our thoughts go with the informed driver family, the event organizers and other members of the motorsport community present."

Motorsport UK said it worked with the organizer and the North Yorkshire Police on the investigation.

Elvington Airfield was the site of a 2006 crash by former Top Gear host Hammond

Elvington Airfield was the site of a 2006 crash by former Top Gear host Hammond

Elvington Airfield was the site of a 2006 crash involving former Top Gear presenter Hammond.

The 50-year-old was in a coma for two weeks and had brain injuries after crashing a jet-powered car.

The privately owned venue, which is an active airfield, is also a driving, driver training, filming, and other testing facility for professional associations.

Last week, 28-year-old Andy Jennings from Swindon set the Guinness World Record for the fastest trash can, reaching speeds of 75 km / h in his self-made motorized trash can.

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