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Tragedy struck Volkswagen when a 42-year-old Brazilian test driver was reportedly killed at the automaker's Ehra-Lessien test track near Wolfsburg, Germany. Manufacturing reports that the driver lost control of the vehicle after a sudden storm dumped rain on the track. The test car came to rest just shy of a crash barrier, but a second car, piloted by an unidentified 27-year-old driver, also spun out and rammed into the first car. The second driver reportedly sustained serious injuries.

The fatal accident comes just five months after a Porsche test driver was killed on the Autobahn, further proof that the glorified job of test driver is a lot more dangerous than most of us think.

[Source: Manufacturing]VW test driver reportedly killed in on-track incident originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 16 Jul 2009 08:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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