A marshal was sadly killed at the end of the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, after behind hit by a truck recovering Esteban Gutierrez's stricken Sauber.

The accident happened shortly after the Mexican driver had abandoned his car at the side of the Montreal track, with the International Automobile Federation revealing that the 38-year-old man, who is yet to be named, was hit by the clear-up vehicle.

FIA officials have said that the marshal stumbled after dropping his radio, while his fellow workers used a mobile crane in an attempt to lift the car away and return in to the pits.

He was run over by the truck, whose driver could not see him. Medics stabilised the man at the track before he was airlifted to hospital where he later died. There is likely to be an investigation.

Dr Jacques Bouchard, the Grand Prix's chief medial officer, said the marshal "suffered major trauma with multiple fractures and a serious abdominal contusion." 

"My dearest condolences to the family of the marshal who lost his life today, our prayers for him and his family. RIP," said Gutierrez on Twitter. 

"I am very, very sad to hear this news and my thoughts are with his family and friends," added three-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who won the race for Red Bull, "the work of marshals is not always seen but it is vital to our sport and without their commitment, time and dedication there would be no motorsport."

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who finished second, said the man's death was "terrible news.

"Today there is nothing to celebrate," added the Spaniard on Twitter

This was the first marshal fatality since 2001 when Graham Beveridge was fatally injured by a loose wheel from Jacques Villeneuve's BAR-Honda at the Australian Grand Prix.

At the previous year's Italian Grand Prix, volunteer firefighter Paolo Ghislimberti died from head and chest injuries after being hit by a loose wheel from Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Jordan.

 

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