Who knew a stray tire could pack such a punch? We sure didn’t. But now we know (and knowing is half the battle).
Here’s what happened to Paul Allen, a British cameraman who was just doing his job over the weekend at the German Grand Prix, when he was struck in the back by a tire that had come loose from driver Mark Webber's car:
“Mechanics from several pits ran out of the way of the rolling tire until it met a brick wall in the form of an oblivious cameraman,” Deadspin’s Sean Newell writes, “the tire seemed to roll up the man's body and bounce off his head, violently knocking him to the ground.”
“Medics rushed to him and a BBC Sports reporter spoke with the treating physician who said the man has some chest pain and a concussion,” Newell adds.
Allen was rushed to a nearby hospital where it turns out his injuries were a little more severe.
"Allen suffered two broken ribs, a broken collarbone, concussion and bruising. It is understood he was being kept in hospital for observation," The Guardian notes.
As of this writing, Allen is in stable condition.
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