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Racer Alex Zanardi suffers serious crash in Italian handbike race

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ROME — Paralympic winner Alex Zanardi was severely injured once again in a handbike crash...

ROME — Paralympic winner Alex Zanardi was severely injured once again in a handbike crash on Friday — approximately twenty yrs just after dropping both of those of his legs in a horrific auto racing accident.

Zanardi was transported by helicopter to Santa Maria alle Scotte clinic in Siena following an incident near the Tuscan town of Pienza during a national race for Paralympic athletes, law enforcement advised The Involved Press.

He reportedly suffered serious head trauma.

“You’ve in no way presented up and with your incredible power within you’ve get over a thousand troubles. Forza Alex Zanardi,” Italian Leading Giuseppe Conte tweeted. “Don’t give up. All of Italy is with you.”

A Carabinieri law enforcement formal in Montepulciano explained the incident associated a “heavy motor vehicle.” The formal did not give his name as per regional personalized.

Neighborhood Tv at the scene of the crash confirmed what was seemingly Zanardi’s handbike lying on its aspect and missing two of its three wheels. A large truck pulling a semitrailer appeared parked on the street in advance.

“It happened on a slightly downhill straightaway just prior to a slight curve in the street,” national crew coach Mario Valentini, who was following the race, advised La Repubblica Florence. “Alex veered slightly into the oncoming lane just when a truck came. (The truck) tried using to swerve but could not avoid the crash.

Repubblica explained Zanardi remained acutely aware until eventually professional medical personnel arrived, and that he was respiratory by himself.

“Twenty minutes passed from the time of the accident to when the professional medical personnel arrived. It took some time to load him (into the ambulance). His spouse assisted. Right after the accident he was conversing,” Valentini included in yet another interview with regional media.

Valentini explained he was not an eyewitness to the accident but arrived at the scene instantly afterward.

“It was a sunny working day and every person was pleased. We ended up twenty kilometers (twelve miles) from (the complete line) in Montalcino,” Valentini explained. “The truck didn’t make a oversight. Alex manufactured the oversight.”

The coach included Zanardi’s helmet came off during the crash.

Racing wonderful Mario Andretti tweeted, “I am so nervous and frightened about Alex Zanardi that I’m holding my breath. I am his supporter. I am his pal. Please do what I’m doing and pray pray (for) this amazing person.”

Zanardi won 4 gold medals in handbike at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics.

The fifty three-yr-aged Zanardi missing his legs in a horrific crash during a 2001 CART race in Germany.

At the time, Zanardi was a two-time CART winner who had recently returned from a second stint in Components Just one and had plowed as a result of the area to guide laps for the to start with time due to the fact he’d still left the series just after his 1998 title. The crash transpired when Zanardi spun his car just after a pit stop and he was hit by yet another driver. Both legs ended up severed at effects.

Zanardi was an proven racing star prior to the accident, and his accomplishments due to the fact transcend sports. An inspirational determine with an indomitable spirit, he developed his have prosthetics — he jokes he manufactured himself taller — and realized to walk once again. Then he returned to racing in touring vehicles. Right after that came hand biking, a class victory in the New York City Marathon and Paralympic glory.

Past yr, Zanardi competed in the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race, driving in a race for the to start with time without prosthetics. He used a distinctive steering wheel developed for him by BMW that allowed him to push with hand levers.

“He has 7 lives,” Valentini explained. “Like cats.”


Extra AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Athletics.

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