Sophia Floersch, 4 Others Injured in Macau Grand Prix Crash
In the early morning hours on Sunday, the open-wheel motorsports world found themselves in shock of a video circulating of an accident that had occurred during the Macau Grand Prix.
While battling for position in the Formula 3 event, 17-year-old Sophia Floersch lost control as she drove into the Lisboa bend, making contact with two other drivers, before catching flight and crashing into the fence. Her team, Van Armersfoort Racing, reported that she was admitted to hospital conscious, with a spinal fracture. She will undergo surgery for the injury.
Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into Surgery tomorow morning. Thanks to the @fia and @hwaag_official @MercedesAMGF1 who are taking great care of me.
Thanks to everybody for the Supporting messages.
— Sophia Floersch (@SophiaFloersch) November 18, 2018
Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi was taken to hospital with back pain while a marshal, Chan Cha In, suffered a deep cut to the face, a fractured jaw and an abrasion of his upper abdomen wall. Photographer Chan Weng Wang sustained a liver laceration and is being treated in hospital, while fellow snapper Minami Hiroyuki, suffered a concussion and remains under observation.
“All were conscious during transit to the hospital and are now receiving medical treatment. Further updates will be provided as soon as possible,” said the Macau Grand Prix Organizing Committee in a statement.
A video is available that was shot from the grandstands, but discretion is advised due to the severity of the impact.
Mijn god, hier de crash vanaf de tribune gefilmd. Pas op, schokkende beelden! Nogmaals: het is Sophia Floersch die is gecrasht in de Formule 3-race van Macau. De Duitse rijdt voor het Nederlandse team Van Amersfoort Racing. Hopelijk komt er snel een update! #F3 pic.twitter.com/HesSwYimWf
— Rob van Gameren (@VanGamerenF1) November 18, 2018
Post Edit 11-19-2018 11:58 pm EST: Floersch endured a successful seven-hour surgery for the spinal fracture, with her vital signs are stable and limbs active, as reported by the doctor in a press conference.
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