De Villota hospitalised after crash03/07/2012 - 11:42:14
Marussia test driver Maria De Villota has been taken to hospital after being seriously injured in an accident in Cambridgeshire ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix.
The 32-year-old Spaniard was taking part in her first test for the Formula One team at Duxford Airfield this morning when she crashed into a support truck after completing her opening installation lap.
After treatment by trackside paramedics, De Villota was taken to the local Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
According to eyewitnesses, the accident occurred after De Villota had pulled up in front of her mechanics after completing her first lap of the day.
As the mechanics approached to wheel the car back for service, it accelerated forwards and crashed into the stationary vehicle parked nearby.
The front of the Marussia car was destroyed in the crash and De Villota’s helmet was seen to impact with the side of the truck.
De Villota was reportedly motionless for around 15 minutes as paramedics attended to her but was seen to move her hands before being transported to hospital.
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