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Accident Halts Australian Grand Prix

March 10, 1996

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) _ British driver Martin Brundle walked away unscathed from a spectacular high-speed accident Sunday that forced officials to halt the Australian Grand Prix before the first lap had been completed.

Brundle’s Jordan-Puegeot, in the middle of the 20-car field, appeared to be hit by the McLaren-Mercedes of Scotsman David Coulthard, which swerved to the left after being nudged from behind.

Brundle’s car flipped over, flew through the air upside down and partially disintegrated before resting next to a safety fence in a runoff area.

Formula One marshals quickly pulled Brundle from the wreckage, and the 36-year-old was able to walk away unassisted.

The Grand Prix is being held at the new Albert Park track for the first time this year. It previously was held in Adelaide.

Officials planned to restart the race.

Minutes after the accident, Brundle was seen sprinting back to the pits. He was in a backup car when the race was restarted after a delay of about 30 minutes.

Just after the restart, Brundle was involved in a minor mishap that left him stalled and off the racing surface.

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