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Old 07-12-2010, 12:55 PM
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NHRA's Niver dies after crashing

KENT, Wash. -- Top Alcohol Dragster driver Mark Niver was killed Sunday during the Northwest Nationals when his car buckled after slamming into the netting at the end of the track.

The parachutes immediately ripped off the dragster when deployed as Niver, 60, crossed the finish line. Niver couldn't get the car stopped before going into the sand pit at the end of the asphalt surface at Pacific Raceways.

When the dragster hit the catch netting, it buckled the chassis back into the driver cockpit.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5372637

The above link has a video that shows the whole accident. You would never imagine that the safety system designed to protect the driver took his life...
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:10 PM
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Re: NHRA's Niver dies after crashing

Man, that was horrible. Didn't look like a "bad" accident. That's really sad. At least he died doing what he loved. R.I.P.
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Old 07-12-2010, 01:22 PM
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Sorry to hear!!! RIP
X2 on not looking like a bad accident....
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Re: NHRA's Niver dies after crashing

I hear you! I'm sure if he could have a mulligan (do over) he would have drove into the wall to help slow down.
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Re: NHRA's Niver dies after crashing

is that track downhill?

didn't look like he was going too fast, but yikes that's bad luck. Unfortunate.
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Re: NHRA's Niver dies after crashing

That sucks! Safety netting killed him.
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