Several athletes – including American star Noah Lyles – were involved in the crash between the two buggies. World Athletics ChampionshipsJamaican sprinter Andrew Hudson got a glass in his eye.
Footage of the incident before the athletes’ 200m semi-final shows the Buckeyes clashing in a meet outside the stadium in Budapest, Hungary. Two pedestrians narrowly avoided being involved in the collision, while a volunteer was thrown from the cart after the impact.
Hudson, the Jamaican champion over 200m, appeared to be in pain after the incident and later explained how the glass had broken.
„I feel like everything happened in slow motion,” the 26-year-old said Reuters. “Unfortunately, I was sitting on the side where another buggy rammed into us. I was directly affected. They took most of the glass out. My eye is very blurry now.
The men’s 200m semi-final, which featured Hudson and other athletes, was moved to the end of the schedule.
Hudson finished fifth in 20.38 seconds, but an eye injury resulted in her being awarded a preferred spot in the final. He was later sent to hospital as a precaution, according to a statement from the local organizing committee.
„The driver of the vehicle involved in the accident has been given two days rest and the organizing committee has further tightened the traffic rules,” the statement added.
„The previous speed limit, which was 19 km/h, has been reduced to 15 km/h and physical separation between lanes has been introduced in the lanes. From Friday morning, traffic marshals are on hand to assist at intersections.
American Lyles, who was crowned 100m world champion in Budapest last week, was also involved in the collision but said he was unhurt. He won his race in 19.76 seconds, the fastest of the three semifinals.
“So [the carts] Just got closer and there was a miscommunication of who was going to stop,” Lyles said In an interview with NBC. „They both decided they weren’t going to stop, so they ended up de-boning each other.
„Fortunately, I didn’t have any problems. Unfortunately, it was like Andrew Hudson got a glass in the eye. I think everyone was very worried about him.
The 200-meter final, which also features Americans Erion Knighton and Kenny Bednarek, is set for Friday at 3:50 p.m. ET.
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