CHAMPCAR/CART: Zanardi in induced coma after Lausitz crash

Updated: 2001-09-16 16:20 EDT Motorsport.com - Two-time CART champion Alessandro Zanardi is in an artificially-induced coma at the Berlin-Marzahn hospital after a lengthy amputation operation following a heavy crash with Alexandre Tagliani at ...

Updated:
2001-09-16 16:20 EDT

Motorsport.com - Two-time CART champion Alessandro Zanardi is in an artificially-induced coma at the Berlin-Marzahn hospital after a lengthy amputation operation following a heavy crash with Alexandre Tagliani at CART's inaugural race at the Lausitzring (see separate story).

According to Dr. Walter Schaffartzik at the hospital, the medical staff have artificially induced coma in the veteran driver.

"He remains in the intensive car unit," said Schaffartzik. "We will have to see, day after day, how his situation evolves."

Dr. Steve Olvey stated earlier that Zanardi had both of his legs amputated above the knee in a three-hour operation.

Zanardi's CT scan showed normal results, however, according to Olvey, CART's Director of Medical Affairs, and was showing signs of purposeful movement prior to the operation. He also suffered some minor pelvic fractures, but these did not require operation.

The popular Italian suffered the injuries when the footbox of his Reynard was ripped in half by the impact, with the monocoque tearing apart just behind the front suspension.

Tagliani appears to have received only bruising and other minor injuries.

Motorsport.com will update this story as more details become available.

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