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Brazil bobsledders walk away from major crash

Published: Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014 9:36 a.m. CDT
(AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
The team from Brazil BRA-1, piloted by Fabiana Santos, takes a curve during a training run for the women's two-man bobsled at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Brazil's women's bobsled team walked away from a spectacular crash on Sunday during two-man training.

On their first practice run, driver Fabiana Santos and Sally Mayara da Silva flipped their sled, which went airborne coming out of a turn on the Sanki Sliding Center track and bashed into a wall. The tipped bobsled slid on its side down a long straightaway and Santos' helmeted head banged off one side as the 400-pound (180-kilogram) vehicle skittered down the ice.

Track workers pulled both athletes from the toppled sled. They were checked by medical personnel and don't have any serious injuries.

Their sled received some damage.

Brazil's team did not to take its sixth and final run, but Santos and da Silva are expected to compete on Tuesday's first day of competition.

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