Webber hurt in 'extreme race' bicycling accident

Formula One driver Mark Webber, who races for Red Bull Racing, is in hospital in Hobart, Australia, after suffering serious multiple injuries in a road accident. He was competing in an extreme endurance event for charity when the bicycle he was riding collided with a motor vehicle. Reuters reported the car as a four-wheel drive model.

Launceston, Australia: Mark Webber takes a fall.
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Australian Broadcasting reported that Webber suffered multiple fractures to arms and legs. His injuries are not reported to be life-threatening.

The accident happened just past noon local time Saturday near the town of Port Arthur. Webber was airlifted to Hobart, capital of the island state of Tasmania. The motorist was reported to be unhurt.

An officer with Tasmania Police, Sergeant Jon Ford, said paramedics attached to the event attended to Webber immediately after the crash. "He was airlifted from the scene by helicopter and taken to the Royal Hobart Hospital, where he is now being treated for serious but not life-threatening injuries," Ford said. "He suffered a broken leg and other injuries and is reported to be in a stable condition."

The injuries are expected to sideline him for two months.

Webber, 32, was competing in the Mark Webber Pure Tasmania Challenge, a multisport, extreme endurance team event he founded to benefit Australian charities. It is contested through 280 km (175 miles) of wilderness and open roads in the state of Tasmania. The challenge includes mountain biking, kayaking, and trekking.

The accident happened on the next-to-last day of the five-day event.

In his second season for Red Bull, Webber finished 11th in 2008 drivers standings.