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Indianapolis Injured Confined in Hospital

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Pre-WWII Racing Topics:  Indianapolis 500

Indianapolis Injured Confined in Hospital

The Dallas Morning News
June 1, 1911

Extent of hurts is not yet ascertained.

Three Are Known to Be Internally Injured and May Be Serious - Others Likely to Recover.

Indianapolis, Ind., May 31. - The six persons injured in the 500-mile automobile race at the Indianapolis motor speedway yesterday are getting along as well as could be expected, according to Dr. Frank Allen, who is attending them at the Methodist Hospital in this city, where they were taken after the race.  The most seriously, it was stated at the hospital today, are Harry Knight, driver of the Westcott car; his mechanician, John T. Glover, and C. L. Anderson, mecanician for the Case car.  They were injured when three cars collided in front of the grand stand.  Their injuries are internal and the outcome can not be forecast for some time.

Arthur Greiner, driver of the Amplex, who was injured when his mechanician, S. P. Dickson, was killed, Bob Evans, mechanician for the Jackson car, who jumped from his seat when the car was speeding down the back stretch, and David Lewis, mechanician for the Lozier car, which was in collision with a Pope-Hartford at the upper end of the home stretch, are said to be recovering nicely from their injuries.

The many thousands of visitors who were here for the race began leaving last night.  Many of those who were here in automobiles remained over night and got early starts homeward this morning.

One of the notable features of Ray Harroun's victory in his Marmon "Wasp" was that he did not carry a mechanician.  Harroun had a mirror fastened in front of him, by which he could tell who was following him and the condition of his rear tires.  In this way he was able to dispense with a mechanician and lighten his car.  For several days before the race Harroun was busy in perfecting little details, including air cushions and ventilation of the inside of his car, which permitted him to come out of the race seemingly the freshest of all the pilots who went the long grind.

The body of Dickson, who was killed in the contest, will be shipped to his home in Chicago.

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