SOCHI , Russia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- A Sochi maintenance worker broke both his legs and suffered a concussion when a was hit by a bobsled at the Sanki Sliding Center on Thursday.
The forerunner sled, used to test the track's safety, hit the man near the finish line just 90 minutes before a heat in the women's skeleton event. Two other workers treating the ice managed to evade the sled in time.
The worker was treated by medics on the scene then taken to the hospital.
Track worker hit by bobsled at Olympic sliding center. Hit by forerunner sled. Condition unavailable. pic.twitter.com/OXIVVVkXF2— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 13, 2014
Sochi officials said that it's standard for track testers to give a warning signal before descending.
Bobsled track accident- Ambulance personal take away a track worker who was hit by a bobsled @ Sanki Sliding Center. pic.twitter.com/IzGkcVVHx4— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) February 13, 2014
"The reasons for the icemaker’s presence on the track after the warning signal are currently being determined," they said.
IOC President Thomas Bach said that the worker's injuries were not life-threatening.
"The worker is undergoing surgery for two open fractures in his legs," he said in a statement.
"We're pretty relieved," he added.
"It’s a reminder that this is a really dangerous sport we’re taking part in," Canadian bobsledder Christopher Spring told the New York Times. "It’s a shame. It sounds like it was a miscommunication; it’s a pretty new track here, so who knows."