Drag Racing Champion John Force Breaks Both Legs, Injures Arm In Texas Funny Car Crash

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Drag racing star and 14-time NHRA champion John Force was airlifted to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas after a top-end collision with fellow straight-liner Kenny Bernstein. Force was apparently alert and conscious after suffering two broken legs and an injured arm in the incident which occurred as the two were racing in the second round of eliminations at the O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals at Texas Motorplex outisde of Dallas. The crash took place just as the two Funny Cars crossed the finish line after Bernstein...

...clipped the final timing cone. The numbers, although unofficial, showed Force crossing with a 4.863 at 315.34 mph to Bernstein's 4.904 at 312.06 mph. So, at least Force won which we're sure won't matter so much as he won't be able to drive in the next round. Bernstein? Oh, Bernstein quickly made his way out of his Monster Energy Drink Dodge Charger R/T and was shown walking around and talking to medical and safety personnel on the large television screens at the racetrack. (Hat tip to JRX!) [via NHRA, FastMachines]

UPDATE: Now we've got video of the crash here.

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