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Bobsled accident: Olympic track worker hit near finish line

Bobsled accident happened in Sochi Thursday.
Bobsled accident happened in Sochi Thursday.
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A bobsled accident happened in Sochi when an Olympic track worker was hit by a bobsled near the finish line. As a result, the unidentified man broke both his legs and may have a concussion, NBC Chicago reports Feb. 13.

The man was on the track when he was struck by a fast sled near the finish line at the Sanki Sliding Centeron Thursday. The bobsled accident took place before training for the two-man bobsled teams got underway. He was airlifted by helicopter to the hospital. Very few details are out about the accident at this point. By the way it happened, the sled had not braked yet before reaching the finish line.

IOC President Thomas Bach said he did not know why the worker "was in this zone and exactly what happened." He did mention that the worker might have a concussion.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams told the Associated Press that he was informed that the worker "is conscious and talking and has two broken legs."

Olympic officials confirmed the luge team relay would go on as scheduled.

No one is sure why the track worker was hit by the oncoming bobsled. There are warnings to anyone near the final curve before the finish line that a fast sled is on the way. If the bobsled accident could have been prevented, why would anyone be out there?

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