Deadly Race

Wilbur C. Brink, an 11-year-old boy from Indianapolis, Indiana, was killed by a flying race-car tire while playing in his family’s front yard. During Lap 162 of the 1931 Indianapolis 500, the rear axle suddenly broke on racer Billy Arnold’s vehicle, sending one of his rear wheels sailing through the air and out of the stadium. It landed in the front yard of the Brink family, who lived across the street from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, killing Brink instantly.

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The deadliest accident in the history of film-making

Director Varick Frissel, cinematographer Alex G. Penrod, and 25 other members of a film-crew were killed during the filming of the movie The Viking (1931). Dynamite that was used to remove large quantities of ice from the filming-locations was accidentally ignited and blew up the ship they were filming additional footage from off the coast of Newfoundland. With 27 total fatalities, it is the deadliest accident in the history of film-making.

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