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France says Schumacher crash not due to safety breaches or faulty material

Published on Feb 17, 2014 5:23 PM
Former Formula One World champion Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher before a giant slalom race in Madonna di Campiglio, on Jan 17, 2003. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LYON (AFP) - French investigators said on Monday that Formula One legend Michael Schumacher's ski accident in the French Alps was not due to safety breaches by the ski station or faulty material.

Schumacher has been lying in a coma in a French hospital since the December 29 accident when he crashed into a rock so hard that the impact cracked his helmet.

He had been skiing with his son and a group of friends.

"There were no breaches by anybody. The accident occurred in an off-piste zone," in the posh ski resort of Meribel, said prosecutor Patrick Quincy.

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