CORR: Vanden Heuvel medical update 2003-07-16

Pro-2 driver Dan Vanden Heuvel's injuries more serious than first reported Indianapolis, Ind. (July 15, 2003)-The injuries to Pro-2 driver Dan Vanden Heuvel ended up being more serious than first reported after tests were taken at a hospital in...

Pro-2 driver Dan Vanden Heuvel's injuries more serious than first reported

Indianapolis, Ind. (July 15, 2003)-The injuries to Pro-2 driver Dan Vanden Heuvel ended up being more serious than first reported after tests were taken at a hospital in Escanaba, Michigan.

In a statement Vanden Heuvel described the accident. "As I pitched the truck sideways (into the first turn) for the tight right hand corner, there was some contact made in front and behind the race truck. The truck went airborne and rolled several times, finally landing on the passenger side."

The "Flying Dutchman" was able to free himself from his truck after the race was red-flagged. At the time, he was taken to the hospital for precautionary measures. After CAT scans were completed, the doctors discovered various injuries, which include a compression fracture of the C- 7 vertebrae, cracked ribs, chest and lung contusions, and a concussion. He was transferred to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he lives.

The 25-year off-road racing veteran was released from the hospital Tuesday morning, and will recuperate for the next few weeks at home.

"Due to the injuries received, I may not be able to participate in the next race at Bark River, MI in August," he said." "We have been receiving many calls. Thank you for your comfort and concern, said Vanden Heuvel."

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