Sochi Winter Olympics: Bobsleigh smashes into a course worker, breaking his legs

Broken legs ... A track worker is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured when a forerunner bobsled hit him before the start of the men's two-man bobsled training. Photo: AP Photo
Broken legs ... A track worker is loaded into an ambulance after he was injured when a forerunner bobsled hit him before the start of the men's two-man bobsled training. Photo: AP Photo
Sudden impact ... A track worker repairs some lights that were damaged after a worker was hit by a forerunner bobsleigh. Photo: AP Photo

Sudden impact ... A track worker repairs some lights that were damaged after a worker was hit by a forerunner bobsleigh. Photo: AP Photo

Rosa Khutor, Russia: A bobsleigh smashed into a course worker at the Olympic Games' Sanki sliding centre on Thursday leaving the man reportedly with both legs broken, an AFP reporter who witnessed the incident said.

Bobsled track accident- Ambulance personal take away a track worker who was hit by a bobsled @ Sanki Sliding Center.pic.twitter.com/IzGkcVVHx4 — Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) February 13, 2014

The incident occurred at the start of training for the two-man bobsleigh competition when the forerunner bob, which is used to clear and test the track at the beginning of the day's schedule, hit an ice maker.

Video footage shown on the media mixed zone's monitors just minutes after the incident showed paramedics and volunteers trying to evacuate the man who was lying on track.

International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation officials refused to comment on the accident which delayed the start of the training session.

AFP

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