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Petrifying moment 17-year-old F3 driver goes airborne during race, crashes

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BERLIN — German teenage driver Sophia Floersch was undergoing surgery on a fractured cervical vertebra in a Macau hospital in the wake of a crash during a Formula Three race there.

Floersch’s father, Alexander Floersch, said on Monday his daughter had broken the seventh cervical vertebra. He said her spinal cord was not damaged and confirmed that she had shown no signs of paralysis ahead of surgery.

The 17-year-old driver lost control of her Van Amersfoort car at a speed of just under 280km/h on Sunday. Her car hit fellow driver Sho Tsuboi before being catapulted through the air and through fencing.

Floersch was conscious and transported to hospital, tweeting later “I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow [Monday].”

Four other people were taken to hospital, including Japanese driver Sho Tsuboi, two photographers and a track marshal. All were conscious and treated for various back, head and facial injuries, reports said.

The accident is being investigates by motorsport federation FIA, a federation official told dpa Sunday.

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