UPDATE: Driver killed in serious crash at speedway

Published on June 23, 2014
The stakes were high and the adrenaline was higher on the oval track.
Adam Brazeau

CORNWALL, Ontario - A Quebec driver was killed in a crash with a cement barrier during the Sunday night program at the Cornwall Motor Speedway.

Police confirmed Monday morning Danny Lefebvre, of St-Louis De Gonzague, Que., was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Social media lit up with all kinds of reports concerning the status of the driver, following the crash, but it wasn't until Monday thatpolice confirmed the details.

A speedway source said the accident involved Lefebvre, a driver in the mini-stock division, who sustained a fatal injury.

The source said the crash occured on lap 11 of the 12-lap feature race. The vehicle Lefebvre was driving smashed into a concrete barrier just off of turn two of the quarter-mile dirt oval track.

Paramedics rushed to the vehicle. Police were also called and speedway officials stopped the evening's proceedings so that an investigation could begin right away.

The speedway source said Lefebvre was driving the car that belonged to Francis Blanchette, another mini-stock driver. The source indicated Blanchette was serving a short suspension for rough riding and that Lefebvre had agreed to drive the car this weekend.

OPP Const. Joel Doiron confirmed an accident took place, and was at the speedway, but had no details on the status of the driver.

Doiron said Ministry of Labour investigators were heading to the speedway as well.

In a media release the speedway confirmed a serious injury to Lefebvre.

"The Ontario Provincial Police have taken the track for investigation; the rest of the program will be run on July 6 before the start of the regular show on that evening," read the release.