Friday, October 31, 2014

Track worker struck

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia—An Olympic track worker struck by a bobsled broke both legs and may have a concussion, IOC officials said today.
The worker was on the track when he was hit by a forerunning sled near the finish line at the Sanki Sliding Center—just before the start of today’s two-man bobsled training.

“We still do not know why he was in this zone and exactly what happened,” IOC president Thomas Bach said in a visit to The Associated Press office in Sochi.
Bach added that the worker “maybe” has a concussion.
Later, IOC spokesman Mark Adams told the AP: “I understand he is conscious and talking, and has two broken legs.”
Sochi organizers said the unidentified man was taken by helicopter to a hospital, but gave no other information about his injuries.
Officials said the crash took place just before the finish line, which would suggest the sled likely had not yet started to brake.
“According to standard procedure, a warning signal was given ahead of the forerunners’ bob beginning its run on the track,” Sochi organizers said in a statement released more than three hours after the accident.
“The reasons for the ice-maker’s presence on the track after the warning signal are currently being determined.”
The first bobsled training session was delayed at the start for about 35 minutes as a work crew repaired a light fixture that apparently was smashed in the accident.
The track also was cleared of other debris that had fallen into the finish area.

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