Three F1 fans dead after motorhome tragedy

Three fans have died in their motorhome outside the Indianapolis Speedway

Three F1 fans dead after motorhome tragedy

Police said the trio, all from Canada, appeared to have been accidental victims of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Early evidence suggested that they had cut across a grass embankment in their rented motorhome on their way to the track and may have kicked up grass and earth, which then blocked the exhaust.

They switched on the engine when they went to bed to run the air conditioning.

Police were called when friends could not rouse Armonde Sylvestre, 53, David Gilbert, 48, and Barry Rihbany, 35, all who had driven from Ontario in the rented vehicle.

The motorhome was the very latest design and its equipment included a carbon monoxide detection device.

The Marion County coroner is investigating the incident.

Meanwhile, police have charged a 25-year-old man with drink-driving after a safety patrol worker, directing traffic outside the Indianapolis Speedway, was hit by a car on Friday.

William Andis, 58, is in intensive care in the local Methodist hospital with a fractured neck, but doctors said late on Saturday that his condition has improved.

Police said Juan Diaz was driving the car that hit the officer at 8:20am. He was later stopped and given a blood-alcohol test that recorded a level of 0.12 - above the state limit of 0.10.

Diaz told police he had been drinking with friends and had hit the patrol worker after swerving to avoid two other track employees who were directing traffic.

Diaz has been held overnight in jail facing preliminary charges of drink-driving, leaving the scene of an accident and causing a serious injury accident.

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