Danish driver Allan Simonsen died Saturday of injuries suffered in an accident at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, organizers of the famed endurance race said.

The 34-year-old Aston Martin driver spun off the track on the third lap and crashed into the barriers at the Tertre Rouge corner.

Simonsen, who was competing at Le Mans for the seventh time, received emergency medical care on the track and was later rushed to a hospital by ambulance. Organizers announced three hours after the accident that he had died.

The Dane was sharing his vehicle, an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, with countrymen Christoffer Nygaard and Kristian Poulsen.

Simonsen was the first driver since 1997 to be killed at the race, which has been held annually near the French town of Le Mans since 1923. EFE