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July 14, 2009
Driver dies in VW test accident

BERLIN - A BRAZILIAN driver has died in an accident at a Volkswagen AG test track in central Germany, police said Tuesday.

The 42-year-old, whose name was not released, lost control of his car during a sudden downpour Sunday evening on the track at Ehra-Lessien, near the automaker's Wolfsburg headquarters, regional police said in a statement.

The car came to a halt next to a crash barrier, but was then hit by a second car that also had skidded on the track, police said.

The impact left the driver trapped in his car, and he died of his injuries at the scene.

The 27-year-old man who was driving the second car was taken a Wolfsburg hospital with serious injuries.

Police said accident investigators from Volkswagen were involved in trying to determine what went wrong. -- AP
 
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