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Bobsleigher nearly dies from wood in buttock

The Local · 6 Jan 2012, 13:38

Published: 06 Jan 2012 13:38 GMT+01:00

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One of the four-man crew was able to walk away from the crash Thursday, but pilot Chris Spring ended up with a piece of wood in his buttock, losing so much blood that he nearly died, according to the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Two teammates were also hurt - one with severe bruising and the other with serious leg injuries, the Sun reported. All were airlifted to a local hospital.

According to the newspaper, the wood is believed to have come from a crash barrier that the team smashed into, apparently because of a steering error.

The AFP news agency reported Friday afternoon that at least one of the injured was due to be released soon.

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Altenberg, located in Saxony state, is reputed to have among the most difficult bobsleigh tracks in the world. It is one of the key competition spots on this year’s World Cup circuit.

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Your comments about this article

14:21 January 6, 2012 by DOZ
I guess what goes around, comes around.
20:48 January 6, 2012 by vaninberlin
what is your issue with Canada? it is almost psychotic... people are injured and close to death and all you can come up with is idiotic remark, you should be ashamed of yourself
00:33 January 7, 2012 by rutledm
@vaninberlin.....don't be upset with DOZ.....every comment it's ever formulated is a one liner, it's incapable of anything more, certainly incapable of making anything of your comments. Just a poor lonely guy living in his parents basement.
05:01 January 8, 2012 by volvoman9
OK I don't mean to sound indelicate and this is truly a terrible accident. But is the irony of the title lost on everyone? Is this how we get the public to read?
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