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It happened on September 30th: James Dean dies in a car crash

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On September 30th, 1955, James Dean suffered a deadly car accident in Cholame, California. Famous for his roles in Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden, the 24-year-old actor failed to steer his Porsche 550 Spyder away from another vehicle at a road crossing.

Dean died, but the "curse" of his car lived on. Hollywood's George Barris broke one of his legs soon after buying the wreck for $2,500. He later sold some of the parts.

Two physicians, William Eschrid and Troy McHenry, bought the 550 Spyder's engine and transmission, respectively. During a race, the former was injured when he drove off the road, while the latter had a fatal encounter with a tree.

The person who bought the tires also crashed, while the two teenagers who attempted to steal the car suffered injuries in the process.

Wait, there's more: The California Highway Patrol got a hold of Dean's car and wanted to use it as a safety exhibit, but a fire occurred and slightly damaged the 550 Spyder while the other cars in the garage were unaffected.

Later, a trucker hauling the cursed Porsche was injured during an accident. Both the truck and the car mysteriously vanished in 1960 and were never seen again.
Photo: Wikipedia