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Driver Ryan Newman is conscious after brutal crash at Daytona 500

Driver Ryan Newman is conscious after brutal crash at Daytona 500

Veteran American racing driver Ryan Newman is in a conscious state and speaking with doctors and family, a day after the severe collision he suffered in the Daytona 500 of the NASCAR series.

“Ryan Newman remains under the care of doctors at Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida. He is awake and talking to family and doctors, “said the Roush Fenway Racing team on its Twitter account.

The accident occurred on the last lap of the test, when the 42-year-old was in the lead but, in one of the maneuvers, he skidded and lost control of the vehicle crashing into the wall. The crash caused the car to jump into the air and, as it fell and hit the roof with the ground, it burned in flames.

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Several ambulances rescued the 2008 Daytona 500 champion, who was pulled from the car and taken to hospital with serious injuries that Roush Racing said at the time were not life-threatening. AFP

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