Sophia Floersch, 4 Others Injured in Macau Grand Prix Crash

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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.

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.

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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Ashley McCubbin is currently studying journalism at the University of Guelph-Humber while writing for multiple websites. She also serves on the managing staff for a select few. Born in North York, Ontario, McCubbin currently lives in Bradford, Ontario and spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area where she enjoys taking photos and working on websites.

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