“After the accident he was talking, I don’t know about the ambulance.” Alex Zanardi he is in a very serious condition at the Policlinico di Siena and the words of the Paralympic cycling coach Mario Valentini they cast a distressing light on what happened in the afternoon. The 53-year-old Bolognese ex F1 and Formula Indy driver, amputated on both legs after a devastating track accident in Germany in 2001 and becoming a world-class Paralympic athlete, he collided in Val d’Orcia, at the height of Pienza (Siena) against a heavy vehicle while participating in the relay race in handbike of “Goal 3”. An activity in favor of disabled athletes ended in disgrace. “He embarked and ended up in the other lane, the fault is his”, explained the coach Valentini.
Now, as explained by the second bulletin published just before 22.30 by the Santa Maria alle Scotte polyclinic in Siena, Zanardi struggles between life and death. “L’neurosurgical and maxillofacial surgery to which the athlete was subjected, due to the serious head trauma reported, it started shortly after 19 and ended shortly before 22 – reads -. The patient was then transferred to intensive care, in reserved prognosis. His health conditions are very serious. “The operation in the operating room was directed by the doctor Giuseppe Oliveri, primary of neurosurgery. The third medical bulletin of the hospital will be distributed based on the evolution of the patient and in any case not before 10.30 tomorrow morning. Encouragement from all political and sports authorities has arrived in Zanardi: a champion able to unite the whole country, unconditionally.