It may be the world’s most famous test track, but it’s not called the green hell for nothing: Germany’s Nurburgring Nordschleife claimed another seven automotive victims – including a BMW M3 ring taxi and a Chevrolet Corvette Z06 --in a collision that occurred Sunday afternoon.
The crash took place on the Bergwerk stretch of the 13-mile circuit. A police reports indicates a British driver failed to slow for a construction zone, and ended up broadsiding another car, hurdling into the median, and striking two more cars when his car returned to the asphalt. A second crash happened just after that, when a BMW M3 ring taxi hit two other cars that were slowing down to avoid the first crash scene.
All in all, eight cars were involved in the crash: an E30-generation BMW 3 Series, an E36-generation 3 Series, an E90 BMW M3 sedan, an E92 BMW 3 Series coupe, a Chevrolet Corvette Z06, two Vauxhall VX220/Opel Speedsters, and what appears to be a modified 964-series Porsche 911. Seven of the cars (reports don’t indicate which examples) were described by police as “no longer roadworthy.” The total damage is estimated at more than 100,000 euros (about $132,750).
Adenau police say that one person was “seriously injured” and was brought to the nearby hospital in Koblenz, Germany, while two others were treated on the scene by paramedics. The police also closed the famous track for several hours in order to recreate and analyze the accident before clearing the scene.