Torney Falls

This image first appeared in the August 15, 1909 Indianapolis Star. The occasion was coverage of the first motorcycle race meet at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
This image captures the Speedway safety crew using an automobile to come to the aid of fallen rider J.F. Torney. Doctors were passengers in the car. The car was almost certainly the Overland official car of the Speedway. Torney was riding a Peugeot motorcycle. He was not seriously injuried. The cause of the accident was reportedly a blown tire.
The caption complementing the picture as it appeared in the newspaper reads as follows:
"As soon as word was received by telephone at the Speedway judges' stand during the F.A.M. races that J.F. Torney of Chicago had fallen from his machine, a car was dispatched with physicians to his rescue."

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