An Olympic track worker struck Thursday by a bobsled has broken both legs and may also have a concussion, according to an Associated Press report that cites information from IOC President Thomas Bach.
The collision at Sochi's Sanki Sliding Center with the forerunning sled - which is used to assess track conditions and ensure the facility is safe for racing - happened just before the start of two-man bobsled training. The injured man, whose identity was not revealed, was airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said the man is conscious and talking as doctors determine whether he also suffered a concussion from the incident.
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