The downpour continued, and visibility was virtually non-existent. As Elford later recalled in his autobiography Reflections on a Golden Era in Motorsports, “After just a couple of laps he didn’t pass the pits. Since communications in those days were minimal, it was a while before we learned what had happened. On the very fast, sweeping downhill esses at Malmedy, Jochen had slid off the road and knocked down a telegraph pole, part of which then came in through the passenger side window and hit his crash helmet, knocking him out. Fortunately, the car stopped safely at the edge of the road. Jochen was removed and spent the night in the hospital with a slight concussion but no other injuries.” The car, however, was quite damaged. The 908 of Herrmann and Stommelen finished 3rd behind a factory-entered Porsche eight-cylinder 907.