Rhys Millen injured in training accident

RHYS MILLEN INJURED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT SANTA MONICA, California (December 24, 2007) -- Rhys Millen was involved in an accident while preparing to be the first person to backflip an off-road racing truck at the Red Bull Experiment in Las...

RHYS MILLEN INJURED IN TRAINING ACCIDENT

SANTA MONICA, California (December 24, 2007) -- Rhys Millen was involved in an accident while preparing to be the first person to backflip an off-road racing truck at the Red Bull Experiment in Las Vegas on Monday, December 31.

We have been informed by Rhys Millen Racing's management team that Rhys has incurred non-life-threatening injuries and is currently being medically treated at a local hospital.

Red Bull has a strong history working with athletes who push the limits and always employs safety as its first and primary concern. However, this is an unfortunate accident, and we wish Rhys a quick and healthy recovery.

Additional information will be disclosed when it becomes available.

RHYS MlLLEN QUOTE:

"After successfully landing the 360-degree backflip three times into the cardboard boxes in training, I am disappointed that our last jump ended in an accident. As I lay here in the hospital with three broken vertebrae in my neck and two compressed and broken vertebrae in my back, I am also disappointed that we cannot perform the 360-degree backflip at the Red Bull Experiment on New Year's Eve, but I'm happy that I will be able to walk again. I look forward to watching Robbie Maddison do his 300-plus-foot motorcycle jump in Las Vegas."

-credit: us.redbull.com.

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Series GENERAL , OFFROAD