CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy -- The U.S. national team's four-man bobsled hurtled out of control on a curve and overturned near the finish line of a world championship event, killing pilot Jim Morgan.
Race officials said Morgan, 31, of Saranac Lake, N.Y., died from head and neck injuries suffered when he was smashed against a rail at the edge of the course.
Officials said the mishap occured when the U.S. team was rounding one of the final curves of the icy course and their bobsled overturned, throwing all four men out at high speed.
They said the American pilot died enroute to a nearby hospital.
Other members of the team received only minor injuries in the mishap. They were Jeff Jost of Burke, of New York, and Paul White and Randy Blieski, both of Towson, Maryland.
The team was in seventh place in the standings of the world championship event at the time of the mishap.