Snocross star Blair Morgan severs spine in motocross accident

Blair Morgan, a star in the daredevil sports of snocross and motocross, suffered a broken back and severed spine in a motorcycle accident at a competition over the weekend, his team manager said Monday.

Morgan, 33, was taken to Montreal General Hospital after a crash during practice Saturday afternoon at the Montreal Supercross at Olympic Stadium, which was to have been his final motocross event of the season before switching to snowmobile events.

Dean Thompson, manager of the Blackfoot team, said Morgan's life is not in danger but the veteran racer from Prince Albert, Sask., was paralyzed from the chest down.

He is to spend 10 days to two weeks at the hospital before he is transferred to a facility in Saskatoon.


Thompson said Morgan's chances of recovering enough to perform again are "probably less than one per cent."

The accident occurred on a jump during practice for the Supercross, which drew a crowd of 40,000.

"He basically got pitched from the motorcycle," said Thompson. "It happened from the impact."

He added that Morgan "knows what happened, he has full control of his mental capacities."

Morgan, who is married and has two children, also suffered a broken back in a crash in 2003, but recovered and returned to performing six months later.

Morgan rides motocross bikes from May to September, then moves to snocross. He has won five times and been on the podium three other times at the Winter X-Games.

He has his own line of clothing and his own video game.

"He has had a very successful career in motocross and snocross," said Thompson. "He's a respected individual in the community. A lot of people are concerned."

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