Cameraman taken to hospital after tyre strike

Sunday 07th July 2013, 15:02 by Ryan Wood 

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A Formula One Management cameraman was taken to hospital after he was struck by a loose wheel from Mark Webber's car during the Australian's first pit stop.

The wheel came loose and rolled down the pit lane, narrowly avoiding several mechanics, before hitting Paul Allen and knocking him down.

The FIA confirmed Allen was recovering in a local hospital with concussion and chest pains.

"During the German GP, an FOM cameraman in pit lane was struck by a loose wheel. Paul Allen was hit on the left hand side. Remaining conscious, he was treated at the circuit medical centre and then transported by helicopter to Koblenz Hospital," it read.

"The Briton has been kept there, under observation. Further information from the hospital will be provided as soon as it becomes available."

Update: The cameraman hasn't suffered life threatening injuries and is in a stable condition with a broken shoulder and several cracked ribs.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner applauded the reaction of the medical team and those around the cameraman who rushed to his aid.

"The most important thing today is that the cameraman who got struck by the tyre does not appear to have suffered any life threatening injuries. It’s a timely reminder that working in the pit lane is dangerous. Everyone reacted incredibly quickly and the most important thing is to hear that he seems to be fundamentally okay."



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