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Sochi worker struck by bobsled near finish line

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Sochi worker struck by bobsled near finish line

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Feb 13, 2014

A crew member was injured after being hit by a forerunning sled at full speed near the finish line at Sanki Sliding Center prior to Thursday's two-man bobsled training. The incident allegedly happened before the sled could brake.

Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press, "He [the worker] is conscious and talking and has two broken legs," reports NBC. "We still do not know why he was in this zone and exactly what happened."

Crew workers were seen on-site repairing a light over the track and removing debris near the finish line prior to the accident.

"Forerunning sleds are used before training and competition sessions to assess track conditions and make sure the facility is safe for racing. Also, people in the vicinity of the track are almost always alerted that a sled is in the track through public-address announcements, though it was unclear why the worker struck Thursday was unaware that the session was beginning," further reports NBC.

The training session was delayed for approximately 35 minutes post-accident.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.