MONTEREY, Calif. – A corner worker at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca was killed on Sunday during a private track day after he entered the track to help the driver of a damaged car.
According to The Californian, local authorities later identified the corner worker as 68-year-old Edward Reins. The incident took place during an event held by Exclusive Track Days, which leased the track for the day to offer fans the chance to drive on the legendary track.
The incident happened after a car suffered a mechanical issue and dropped oil near the entry of the Corkscrew corner. One car spun in the oil and crashed into a set of barriers and Reins left his corner station to help the driver and was hit by another car according to a post on Exclusive Track Days’ Facebook page.
“WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is saddened to confirm the death of a corner worker as a result of an accident that occurred on the track Sunday during an independent rental,” track officials said in a statement. “As per the facility’s safety protocols, all subsequent sessions were immediately suspended. The safety of all participants, track personnel and those involved with any event is the facility’s first priority and were reflected in the prompt actions that were implemented.
“The entire racing community is saddened by this loss.”