Alex Zanardi seriously injured in handbike accident

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2020-06-19 19:12:52

by Aggregator June 19, 2020, 1:46 pm 151 Views

ROME — Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi was seriously injured in a handbike crash Friday — nearly 20 years after losing both of his legs in a horrific auto racing accident.

Zanardi was transported by helicopter to Santa Maria alle Scotte hospital in Siena following an incident near the Tuscan town of Pienza during a national race for Paralympic athletes, police told The Associated Press.

A Carabinieri police official in Montepulciano said the incident involved a “heavy vehicle” and that he believed Zanardi was still alive. The official did not give his name, as per local custom.

Local TV at the scene of the crash showed what was apparently Zanardi’s handbike lying on its side and missing two of its three wheels. A large truck pulling a semitrailer appeared parked on the road ahead.

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