A GM engineer sustained life-threatening injuries after a crash in a 2023 Corvette Z06 at the GM Milford Proving Grounds. The crash occurred in June, and resulted in the C8 Corvette Z06 splitting in half and catching on fire after it collided with a tree. Excessive speed is listed as a contributing factor in the accident.
According to a report from Detroit Free Press, the accident occurred on GM’s Ride and Handling Loop, which has a posted speed limit of 75 mph. A police report indicates that the driver lost control and that the Corvette Z06 left the road, traveling 350 feet across adjacent grass before entering the nearby woods. The vehicle then reportedly collided with a tree, splitting into two pieces just behind the B-pillar near the driver’s seat. The split occurred near the gas tank, igniting the vehicle on impact.
GM was notified of the crash roughly two minutes after the vehicle left the road. GM personnel called in a life flight to the University of Michigan Hospital. According to a GoFundMe page created by the driver’s sister, the GM engineer sustained multiple internal injuries and third-degree burns on more than 70 percent of his body, including his head and face. The GoFundMe page states that the driver will remain in the trauma ICU burn unit for life-threatening critical care for at least several months.
“We don’t know what to expect for his life and if he will be able to overcome this tragedy, but his family is committed to supporting him through all that he will need,” the page reads.
The driver, identified by Detroit Free Press as vehicle system integration engineer Shawn Getty, was reportedly conducting a routine test drive at the time of the crash. The prototype Corvette Z06 had just performed a complete vehicle software update, which was already in place in production vehicles.
The GM Milford Proving Ground first opened in 1924. The facility has recorded eight fatalities over the years.