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IndyCar driver suffered broken neck in horror crash

Wide World of Sports logo Wide World of Sports 7/09/2018 Brett Graham

The family of injured IndyCar driver Robert Wickens has revealed he suffered a long list of serious injuries, including a fractured neck, during a horror crash at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania last month.

Wickens’ car was launched into catch-fencing above the concrete barrier during the accident, which ripped the car to pieces in the violent impact. He has since undergone a number of surgeries and is expected to be moved to a rehabilitation centre in the coming weeks.

His family has now released a statement which confirms for the first time how extensive Wickens’ injuries are.

“As unverified sources immediately following Robert’s accident inaccurately and without permission portrayed his condition as less than severe, in an effort to remain transparent and open, we are providing a list of Robert’s injuries to truly showcase the severity of what our son/brother/fiance/friend/teammate has gone through and will be recovering from in the months to come,” the statement said.

a man wearing a hat and sunglasses © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd The statement lists Wickens’ injuries, which include a thoracic spinal fracture, spinal cord injury, neck fracture, tibia and fibula fractures to both legs, fractures in both arms, a fractured right forearm, a fractured elbow, four fractured ribs and a pulmonary contusion.

“We want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, prayers and positive energy that has been sent our way since Robert’s accident,” the Wickens family said.

“We are blown away by the strength of this IndyCar community and the support within it. While Robert’s recovery and rehabilitation continue over the coming weeks and months, your loving messages will certainly be a source of encouragement for him.”

Team owners Ric Peterson and Sam Schmidt have said they’ll have a car ready for Wickens as soon as he’s able to return.

“While Robert continues his recovery, we want to make it clear that the No. 6 entry is for Robert Wickens and him only. No matter the amount of time it takes for his full recovery, we will hold that seat for him,” they said.


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