Coroner rules out driver, trainer error in Edwards death

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) A coronial inquest into the death of British racing driver Sean Edwards at an Australian speedway in 2013 has found that mechanical failure caused the accident.

Edwards, the son of ex-Formula One driver Guy Edwards, was in the passenger seat as an instructor for a private training session at Queensland Raceway near Brisbane when the 966 Porsche crashed into a barrier at high speed and caught fire.

Queensland state's deputy coroner John Lock delivered his findings Friday, ruling out human error or trainer error, saying the accident was caused by an unknown mechanical failure.

The driver, William Holzheimer, sustained serious injuries to his head and body but survived.

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