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Helmet-cam footage shows cause of Schumacher's crash



ALBERTVILLE, France (AP) - Two minutes of footage from a camera on Michael Schumacher's ski helmet showed the Formula One great was clearly skiing off a groomed trail when he lost his balance and crashed, leaving him with critical head injuries, investigators said Wednesday.

The investigators said they have ruled out problems with his skis, trail conditions and signage. Although they would not estimate Schumacher's speed, they said it was not considered a significant factor in the Dec. 29 crash at the Meribel resort in the French Alps.

Michael Schumacher Accident: Investigators' Account of Crash

"His pace was completely normal for a skilled skier," said Lt. Col. Benoit Vinneman.

Schumacher, 45, the most successful Formula One driver in history, is in a medically induced coma at a hospital in Grenoble. The impact of the crash split his helmet in two, and doctors have said the protective gear saved his life.

Prosecutor Patrick Quincy said experts still need to go through the footage image by image, but he said Schumacher landed nine meters outside the marked trail after falling face down and striking his head on a rock.

Schumacher had been on a family vacation in Meribel, where he owns a chalet.

Skiers and snowboarders continue to use the off-piste zone where Schumacher crashed, but say they are aware of the need to be careful.

British tourist Steve Bovill said he always wears a helmet, as Schumacher did. Speaking from the sunny mountainside, he said, "It was an accident that could have happened to anyone."

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margi29 January 08 2014 at 7:35 AM

We are very saddened by this tragic accident but confident that God will see Michael heal and bring him back to us safely. Prayers going up from the USA for this F1 great for a full recovery.

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burte101 January 08 2014 at 8:31 AM

I hope that you recover and not have any problems from the accident,evryones prayers and thoughts are with you and your family

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Larry January 08 2014 at 8:36 AM

Schumi is a world-renowned and beloved sports hero, fighting for his life. His record is unsurpassed in his sport, and he is worth possibly $1B+. However, this is the first mention I have seen of him in AOL, even in the sports section.
I may have missed it, but in general, if it isn't a stick and ball sport, US media pretty much ignores it. Pitiful.

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jaded13640 Larry January 08 2014 at 8:44 AM

Yea, I've been a drag racing for 20 years. The only time you hear about the sport on the news is when someone crashes and dies. Even when the legends of the sport die of natural causes, you don't hear anything. Really sad.

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hanleymartincorp jaded13640 January 08 2014 at 9:42 AM

They print (or post) what they know people will read. So it follows that humans are more interested in tragic accidents and death (THOUGH THIS GUY IS NOT DEAD YET) than they are in most anything else including sports. Probably because we are all going down that same slope some day one way or another.

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hanleymartincorp Larry January 08 2014 at 9:34 AM

You are right about that. Truthfully I never heard of the guy. And it takes an accident of all things to get him on AOL. But then we all have our special interests. I love underwater adventures and treasure hunting where as you probably could not care less about those things. But obviously you are very knowledgable and fascinated by this athlete. Have you ever heard of Mel Fisher? Those in my group would have a hard time believing that there is anyone who does not know who he was.

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Larry hanleymartincorp January 08 2014 at 4:11 PM

I have seen the Atocha treasures when they came to town. The point about Schumi, is that the REST of the world is very knowledgable; it's the US press that pretty much ignores anything in sports that's not stick & ball. They're so provincial, it's embarassing.

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tugsboat January 08 2014 at 8:49 AM

so where's the cam footage?

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soccerbob1152 January 08 2014 at 8:13 AM

Where is the video footage?

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ROBBIE January 08 2014 at 8:12 AM

All pulling for you in Florida !!!!!!!!!

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azzurro40 January 08 2014 at 8:12 AM

hope u get well soon

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tonyvc444 January 08 2014 at 8:00 AM

Hope he recovers quickly and completely

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elmine January 08 2014 at 7:39 AM

Oh Michael...I prayer for your complete healing! I have yet to meet you in person...it is on my bucket list, so you better hurry up and get better!!!

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leonard c madsen January 09 2014 at 3:44 AM

Maybe the best car driver that ever was on wheels. Maybe not so good without wheels!

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