Skooter reports 02/14/14
At the Sochi Winter Olympics, a track worker has been air transported to hospital after being struck by a bobsleigh. The track worker sustained two compound fractures in the legs, but arrived conscious at the hospital, the International Olympic Committee said.
The accident happened near the braking zone of the Sanki Sliding Center.
The man’s name was not released was struck by the forerunner bobsleigh used to test out whether track conditions were fitting for athletes.
IOC President Thomas Bach said: "It is unclear why he was in this zone or what exactly happened," An investigation is now in the process.
A warning signal had been issued before the forerunner bobsleigh was launched down the track, the Sochi Games organizers said.
Since the icemaker was using a motorized air blower, they presumed he may not have heard the warning announcement.
The accident reminded of the death of a Georgian luge competitor at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Nodar Kumaritashvili's sled turned over and ran into a steel pole at the Whistler Sliding Centre, killing the 21-year-old.