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2012 Daytona 500: Juan Pablo Montoya Crashes Into Fuel Truck Causing Huge Explosion

Juan Pablo Montoya broke new ground in the 51st Daytona 500, losing control of his car and slamming into the back of an emergency truck full of 200 gallons of jet fuel. The truck immediately exploded, creating a huge fireball and setting the track on fire for minutes until a cadre of emergency crews were able to put it out. The condition of the track is still in doubt and with the race past the halfway point, it could become official with Dave Blaney leading.

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Click the image below for an animated gif that captured the impact of Montoya's crash:


Montoya did walk away from the crash and the driver of the emergency vehicle did appear shaken up but was taken to the hospital. While it looked like Montoya lost control of his car, not everyone was sympathetic.

We are still under a red flag as we await the condition of the race surface.

Some more gifs of the fire:




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Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.