Moments before a Mercedes-Benz promotional stunt goes wrongEnlarge Photo
On Tuesday a promotional event involving Mercedes-Benz racing drivers Pascal Wehrlein and Nico Rosberg went horribly wrong, with two people needing to be taken to hospital. Wehrlein, a DTM driver, and Rosberg, current points leader in the 2014 Formula One World Championship, were driving in separate Mercedes-Benz cars on a stretch of road in northern Italy when Wehrlein in the lead car collided with two pedestrians.
Wehrlein’s car was a prototype for the upcoming C63 AMG
while Rosberg was in a new GLA-Class
. As part of the event soccer players from Germany’s World Cup team, Benedikt Howedes and Julian Draxler, were passengers in the cars.
“An accident occurred during a visit to the training camp of the German National Football Team: while driving on a closed circuit, DTM driver Pascal Wehrlein injured two people whom he unexpectedly encountered walking on the closed course,” Mercedes Motorsport said in a statement. “We cannot offer any statement concerning the severity of injuries, as both injured parties are currently undergoing medical treatment.”
None of the occupants of the cars were injured.
“We deeply regret this accident and send wishes of quick recovery to the injured,” the Mercedes Motorsport statement continued. “We will work in full cooperation with the authorities in determining the exact circumstances of the accident.”
Video of the scene taken by a bystander, available on Bild
, show the two Mercedes cars driving down a road and then heading behind a hill. It is at this point the cars top and screaming can be heard._______________________________________Follow Motor Authority on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.