Prince Michael of Kent - 28-year-old first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and fifteenth in line to the British throne - today (Thursday) was injured in a spectacular 60-mile-an-hour (96-kilometre) accident during the trials for the World Bobsleigh Championships at Cervinia in Italy.
SV PAN Prince Michael four-man sets off
SV Bob around bend & down along straight & into other bends (3 shots)
SV Bob around bend & overturns
LV ZOOM TO SV Bob continues at speed dragging craws (3 shots)
SV Team member thrown clear as bob continues with Prince trapped
LV Crowd look on
SV Man helping Prince to his foot
SV ZOOM OUT TO LV part of bob on course
GV & SV Prince carried away on stretcher (4 shots)
Initials LD/BOB/SGM/0215 LD/BOB/SGM/0240
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Background: Prince Michael of Kent - 28-year-old first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II and fifteenth in line to the British throne - today (Thursday) was injured in a spectacular 60-mile-an-hour (96-kilometre) accident during the trials for the World Bobsleigh Championships at Cervinia in Italy. Although he was dragged for 300 yards (metres) with his feet caught in the bob and his head, torso and arms hitting against the sides of the sled and the icy walls of the run, Prince Michael was found to be not seriously hurt except for concussion and minor injuries.
The Prince was driving the four-man bobsleigh as it gathered speed on the famed Blue Lake course - which only last week claimed the life of Spanish team Captain Luis Lopez Solanes. As the Prince's bob come into the Kreat Labyrinth it overturned and for a short distance carried all four team members along as it crashed from side to side of the run. Then, one by one, the other three (Rory Cochrana-Byot, Dennis Lloyd and Michael Sweet) spilled out - leaving Prince Michael alone trapped in the driver's seat.
Taken to hospital in Aosta by a police helicopter, the Prince was found to be not as seriously injured as he night have been in view of the magnitude of the accident - but he is still expected to running in hospital for 25 days, missing the race for which he had been practicing.
Prince Michael-is a keen sportsman and has recently participated int he London-New York-London Air Race, the London to Mexico World Cup Motor Rally (crashing in Brazil) and the Round-the-Isle of Wight Powerboat Race (which his boat won). He is also a competition class skier.