The worst part is this accident could have easily been avoided.
We’re used to seeing automotive mishaps at the Nurburgring, but this incident was a scene of mass carnage. It’s a particularly busy time at the Green Hell right now as the challenging circuit is currently open to the public until the end of the month. According to Bridge To The Gantry, the driver of a current-gen Porsche 911 GT3 RS pushed the German sports car a bit too hard, causing one of the coolant pipes to burst and spill fluids onto the track. The driver lost control of the 911 GT3 RS and slammed into a nearby wall.
To make matters worse, the spill occurred on the high speed Hatzenbach Chicane, causing a massive chain reaction crash involving 14 cars. The worst part is that this accident could have been easily avoided. Bridge To the Gantry reports that no track marshals were on duty and there were no yellow flags or warning lights activated.
Several drivers left their cars to try and warn oncoming cars to slow down, only to narrowly avoid getting hit themselves. Consequently, 13 other cars lost grip and piled into each other. Photos show several crumpled sports cars scattered around the circuit, including an E36 BMW and Audi TT. Lap timing is forbidden during open days at the Nurburgring – instead, tourist days are about “having fun at the world’s most beautiful race track and not about the fastest time”, but some drivers clearly don’t heed that advice. Unfortunately, this is often the result. Two drivers were sent to hospital and one had to be cut from an Audi and air lifted by helicopter. Luckily, there were no other serious injuries.