|Sam P. Dickson - riding mechanic
In the first official 500-Mile Race at Indy, seven cars crashed,
several persons were injured and Sam P. Dickson of Chicago
Dickson was the riding mechanic in the #44 Amplex. Arthur
Greiner was the driver.
On the 12th lap of the race, while going down the backstretch,
one of the front wheels flew off.
The car gyrated down the track and bucked both men out of
Dickson hit a fence 20 feet from the car and was killed instantly.
Greiner was knocked unconscious, but only suffered a fractured
The crowd was too big to be controlled by the company of
militia and the hundreds of special policemen posted at the
grounds. Spectators swarmed the infield when Dickson was
killed and soldiers had to use their guns and clubs to clear a
space for the surgeons.
Others injured in the first 500-mile race on a speedway:
Dave Lewis, mechanic for Teddy Tetzlaff (Lozier), right leg broken near hip.
Harry Knight, driver of Westcott, breast bruised and possibly internal injuries.
John T Glover, Knight's mechanic, body bruised.
Bob Evans, mechanic for Jack Tower (Jackson), body bruised when he leaped from car.
John Wood, mechanic for Joe Jagersburger (Case) run over and bruised after leaping from car.
|Arthur Greiner and Sam DIckson in Amplex car.
|The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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