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#1 Leif Snellman

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Posted 15 September 2001 - 15:20

Just heard that Zanardi has been brought to a Berlin hospital in critical condition after an crash with Tagliani.
What a miserable week!

Latest from www.cart.com:
Alex Zanardi is in extremely critical condition with injuries to both lower extremities, and a significant loss of blood. He is breathing on his own, and responding to direction. He is being airlifted to Klinikum Berlin-Marzahn for treatment of his injuries

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#2 fines

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Posted 15 September 2001 - 15:50

I have just seen the accident on the telly - it was horrible! Let's hope he will make a complete recovery... :(

#3 LittleChris

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Posted 15 September 2001 - 17:57

Apparently he's lost both legs.

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#4 Barry Boor

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Posted 15 September 2001 - 17:58

It would seem that poor Alex has lost both legs in this accident.

Next to the events in the U.S. this week, this may seem a relatively minor matter, and I did not think I could feel any lower than I did this morning - but now I do.

(I posted this at virtually the same second as Little Chris) CART's website makes no mention of any accident!!!!

#5 Rainer Nyberg

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Posted 15 September 2001 - 19:43

From Motorsport.com :

Alex Zanardi medical update/team statement
CART

2001-09-15

Alex Zanardi, driver of the #66 Pioneer-WorldCom/Mo
Nunn Racing Honda-Reynard, was critically injured in
a late-race collision with Alex Tagliani during today's
American Memorial (German 500) CART FedEx
Championship Series event at the EuroSpeedway in
Lausitz, Germany. As of 7:40 p.m. local time today,
Zanardi was undergoing surgery at Marzahn Hospital
in Berlin to repair extreme damage to his lower
extremities. He lost both of his legs in the accident -
one above the knee and one below the knee. He also
has a possible broken pelvis. He is breathing on his
own, and has no other apparent internal injuries.

Further medical updates will be issued as information
is made available.

STATEMENT FROM TEAM OWNER MORRIS NUNN

"We are devastated by the extent of Alex's injuries.
But we are so very thankful that he is on his way to
surviving such a tremendous impact. All of our
thoughts and prayers are with Alex and his family. He
has quite a battle ahead of him, but knowing what a
fighter Alex is, we're confident he' ll be able to return
home to be with his family and friends very soon."

As received from Mo Nunn Racing

Motorsport.com also sends thoughts and prayers for Alex, his family and his
team.

#6 Joe Fan

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Posted 15 September 2001 - 22:55

:( I am very sorry to hear this. This has been one terrible week. I'll pray for him and hope that he makes a complete recovery.

#7 Gary C

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Posted 16 September 2001 - 01:30

Is this circuit cursed from the start or what? First we had the Alboreto accident and now Zanardi's awful crash.......

#8 Wolf

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Posted 16 September 2001 - 01:36

Baaad news, again.... :( I never saw the crash and hope not to, if I can help it.

#9 oldtimer

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Posted 16 September 2001 - 02:49

Alessandro can be reached at alex@alex-zanardi.com.

That man gave me a lot of pleasure during his CART championship years, not only with his driving but his exuberance. His donuts are still the best. :D

#10 William Hunt

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Posted 16 September 2001 - 04:38

I have been a huge Alessandro Zanardi fan since 1991 , when he raced in F3000, impressed me and became my favourite driver. I saw him at Spa and was convinced I saw a future champion. When my all-time heroe Riccardo Patrese retired, it was Zanardi who took his place. Especially his sympathic charachter and his driving style stole my heart. When he won his 2 CART titles I was over the moon.

But after what happened today I feel apalled. Sometimes motorsport disgusts me. It rememebers me how I felt after I watched Greg Moore's accident (I loved Gregg too, still miss him). In fact, I think I'm going to puke.

This is just too much I can take in 1 week...

Let's just all hope that he will survive and be able to spent the rest of his life with his kids and wife whom he loves so much. Alex is a dedicated familly man who was even considering quitting the sport so that he could be more with his familly. Alex, we pray for U.

#11 Boniver

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Posted 16 September 2001 - 06:36

Alex Zanardi's car breaks into pieces after it is struck. (AP)



http://cbs.sportslin...cing/index.html

#12 Zawed

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Posted 16 September 2001 - 07:48

Poor Alex :(
Good luck for the future...

#13 Vitesse2

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Posted 16 September 2001 - 11:55

Originally posted by Wolf
Baaad news, again.... :( I never saw the crash and hope not to, if I can help it.


Wolf, my friend, believe me, you don't want to see it - one of the worst I've ever seen:down: :down: :(

But we should spare a thought for Alex Tagliani - how must he be feeling right now?:cry:

#14 Udo K.

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Posted 16 September 2001 - 15:03

A terrible week and a terrible race. I was there. Never seen anything like this. Let's hope and pray for Alex whom I met the day before. The CART family was in a very depressed mood, which you could feel everywhere. As I was there as a guest of Arciero-Blair I experienced this throughout the meeting.
No more words now, we will need a break.

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#15 bergwerk

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Posted 16 September 2001 - 17:26

Oldtimer: Thanks for posting Alessandro's e-mail.

#16 Fast is Fast

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Posted 17 September 2001 - 14:15

Alex is a great dirver and I really enjoy his race comments..

#17 LittleChris

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Posted 17 September 2001 - 14:55

Apparently his injuries are not now expected to be life threatening, however he's being kept in a controlled coma for several days in order to stabilise his systems.

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Posted 17 September 2001 - 15:16

Is this circuit cursed from the start or what? First we had the Alboreto accident and now Zanardi's awful crash.......



Correct me if I am wrong, but just a week or two after Alboreto's death, one marshall or fireman was killed on same circuit. Three such terrible accidents in first year!? They made something wrong, or the circuit is really cursed. I presume we could blame the circuit - slow puncture and spin after leaving box aren't among things we usually see on other circuits...:cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

#19 LittleChris

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Posted 17 September 2001 - 15:40

You're right dmj, it was marshall who was killed whilst trying to collect some debris from the circuit.

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#20 FEV

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Posted 17 September 2001 - 17:11

Yes but note that Michele was killed on the testing track, Alex on the oval and the poor marshall on the road course. Still it is quite bad luck for a new track to have so many bad accidents in its first year.