SOCHI, Russia -- A track worker was injured Thursday at the Sanki Sliding Center when a bobsled hit him at the beginning of a training session.
Video of the incident shows three workers walking on the track as the forerunner barreled toward the finish line. Two were able to jump out of the way in time, but the third was hit by the sleigh and thrown several feet.
Paramedics could be seen working on the man at the finish line before he was taken away by ambulance. He suffered two broken legs and was to undergo surgery, IOC President Thomas Bach told Reuters.
"A track worker was struck in the run-off area beyond the finish but we are not sure yet how it happened," Bach told Reuters. "According to our information he has suffered two compound fractures in the legs but he arrived conscious at the hospital.
"He is to undergo surgery and we will, of course, continue to monitor his situation and wish him well."
The bobsled involved in the collision was a forerunner, which takes the first run of a training session to prepare the track for the racers.
The driver did not appear to be injured.
The accident delayed the official start of training for the two-man race by around half an hour.
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