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BREAKING: Two Toyota test drivers die in crash in Germany

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We don't have much in the way of details yet, but according to a report out of Germany, two Toyota test drivers died in a crash on highway 410 after veering into the oncoming lane and colliding with a BMW.

While the BMW driver survived, the two Toyota drivers died while testing the recently spied LFA Nurburgring Edition.

The report says that the driver was 67 years old, which leads us to believe that one of the casualties was Hiromu Naruse, Toyota's chief test driver, Akio Toyoda's personal driver and the Godfather of the LFA.

More information should be forthcoming.


[source: Rhein-Wied]

BREAKING: Two Toyota test drivers die in crash in Germany originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 23 Jun 2010 13:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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That's a shame, I wonder what the circumstances of the crash were. Strangely, the structures of both cars looked like they were still relatively intact.

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UPDATE: The two drivers in the BMW sustained lift-threatening injuries and one is in critical condition.

UPDATE 2: Video of the scene added after the jump.

UPDATE 3: Spiegel is confirming that Naruse was the driver.

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That's a shame, I wonder what the circumstances of the crash were. Strangely, the structures of both cars looked like they were still relatively intact.

Perhaps Mr. Toyoda executed them for wrecking a million dollar prototype?

I can't help but wonder if this is one of the first cars in recent history to be wrecked before it was crash tested.

Still, its a tragedy... my condolences to their friends and family.

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