June 19, 2020 / 5:39 PM / 18 days ago

Motor racing-Zanardi in hospital after Italian road accident

ROME, June 19 (Reuters) - Former Formula One driver and two-times Champ Car champion Alex Zanardi was flown to hospital by air ambulance on Friday after a serious accident while racing his handbike in Italy.

Siena’s Le Scotte hospital confirmed to Reuters that the 53-year-old Italian, who lost both legs and nearly his life in a 2001 Champ Car crash at Germany’s Lausitzring, had been admitted.

The Italian news agency ANSA reported sources saying the accident involved a truck on a state highway near the town of Pienza to the south-east of Siena.

Zanardi is also a four-times Paralympic gold medallist in road cycling. (Reporting by Angelo Amante in Rome, writing by Alan Baldwin, editing by Christian Radnedge)

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