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Camera on Schumacher's helmet taken by French investigators

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-03

French authorities investigating the cause of Michael Schumacher’s skiing accident are examining the camera that was attached to the former Formula One driver’s helmet, a source close to the probe said Friday.

Schumacher’s teenage son, who was with him at the time of the accident, is also being questioned as part of the investigation, said the source.

The seven-time Formula One world champion, who turned 45 on Friday, was skiing off-piste at the Meribel resort in the French Alps on Sunday with his 14-year-old son Mick and a group of friends when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

Although wearing a helmet at the time, the German suffered a severe head trauma and was rushed to hospital in Grenoble where he immediately underwent surgery for his injuries.

He has since been kept in a medically induced coma and although his condition has stabilised, he remains critical, doctors said in their most recent update on Wednesday.

French prosecutors have opened an investigation into the accident amid uncertainty over its exact cause.

The Meribel ski resort has claimed Schumacher was skiing at high speed when he fell, though this has been disputed by others, including Schumacher’s media representative Sabine Kehm, who said the former racing driver had slowed down to help a friend who had fallen when the accident happened.

Scores of Schumacher fans gathered outside the hospital where he is being treated Friday to hold a vigil to honour the F1 legend.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2014-01-03

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