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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Schumacher helmet camera may have made injuries worse

Alexandra Williams in Geneva

Published 17/02/2014 | 02:30

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German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher posing with his wife Corinna, in the winter resort of Madonna di Campiglio
German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher posing with his wife Corinna, in the winter resort of Madonna di Campiglio

Almost two months after a skiing accident caused him to be put into a medically induced coma, Michael Schumacher's friends are still at a loss to explain the life-changing consequences of the seemingly innocuous accident.

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Schumacher, an experienced skier, was travelling at a moderate speed when he fell and hit a rock in Meribel, France.

But now investigators believe that they may have found a reason for the seriousness of the crash. They think that his helmet camera could have actually worsened the blow, and caused the helmet to shatter into pieces.

"The helmet completely broke. It was in at least two parts. ENSA analysed the piece of the helmet to check the material, and all was okay," said a source close to the investigation.

"But why did it explode on impact? Here the camera comes into question. The laboratory has been testing to see if the camera weakened the structure."

Patrick Quincy, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, will make an announcement today. He is expected to clear the ski resort of any involvement and conclude the manufacturers of Schumacher's ski equipment were not liable.

Schumacher remains in intensive care as doctors try to ease him out of an artificially induced coma. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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