Haunting Photographs From James Dean’s Fatal Car Wreck in 1955

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At 5:45 p.m. on 30 September 1955, film icon James Dean was killed in a car accident when his new Porsche Spyder crashed head on into another car. Rolf Wutherich, Dean’s friend and mechanic (who had been riding with the movie star) was thrown from the Spyder and survived the wreck, but Dean was pinned inside, his neck broken. Donald Turnupseed, the driver of the other car, suffered only relatively minor injuries.

The wreckage of James Dean’s Porsche Spyder, on display as part of a highway safety exhibit. (Volo Auto Museum)

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