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Justin Wilson: IndyCar Driver In Coma After Awful Wreck At Pocono Raceway

Mon, August 24, 2015 8:03am EDT by Avery Thompson Add first Comment

Oh no. IndyCar driver Justin Wilson is currently fighting for his life in a coma after a horrific crash during the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway in Penn. on Aug. 23. He suffered a severe head injury when he was hit by a piece of flying debris. There is a video of the accident. Viewer discretion is advised.

This is just tragic. Justin Wilson, 37, is in a coma following a wreck at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 23. He was hit in the head by a large piece of debris from Sage Karam’s car during the final laps of the ABC Supply 500. Justin was airlifted to a nearby hospital and is currently in critical condition

Justin was hit in the head by a piece of Sage’s car when Sage spun into a wall. After being struck, Justin’s car swung left and hit an interior wall. Justin was airlifted by helicopter from the track, according to ESPN.

Verizon IndyCar Series released the following statement about Justin after the crash: “Wilson sustained a severe head injury during today’s event at Pocono Raceway. Wilson is currently in a coma and in critical condition while undergoing further evaluation at Lehigh Valley Health Network Cedar Crest Hospital in Allentown, Pa. IndyCar sends its thoughts and prayers to Justin, his family and Andretti Autosport during this difficult time. Additional updates to Wilson’s condition will be released when available.”

Justin’s wife, Julia, rushed to his side from their home in Colorado. NASCAR driver Tony Stewart loaned his plane and pilots to Justin’s brother, Stefan, so he could be with his brother.

Sage was not seriously injured. After the crash, he walked to an ambulance and was later checked by an infield care center, USA Today reports. IndyCar later said Sage would be taken to Allentown to have a right foot injury examined.

UPDATE: Justin Wilson died as a result of his injury.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Justin’s family and friends.

— Avery Thompson