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Skis, speed, signs ruled out as cause of Schumacher accident

Published on Jan 9, 2014 6:47 AM
 
Former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher skis in the northern Italian resort of Madonna Di Campiglio in this Jan 13, 2005.  Investigators probing Michael Schumacher's accident on Wednesday ruled out faulty skis, inadequate signage and excessive speed as possible causes of his life-threatening off-piste fall in the French Alps. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

ALBERTVILLE, France (AFP) - Investigators probing Michael Schumacher's accident on Wednesday ruled out faulty skis, inadequate signage and excessive speed as possible causes of his life-threatening off-piste fall in the French Alps.

They said that signs marking the edge of the piste Schumacher skied off just before the accident on December 29 were in line with legal requirements, his rented skis were in perfect condition, and that the Formula One legend had appeared in control of his speed.

The seven-time world champion has been in a medically-induced coma since he fell on an off-piste section between two regular slopes in the ski resort of Meribel and slammed his head on a rock, prompting his evacuation to a hospital in the city of Grenoble.

Investigators are seeking to determine why the accident happened, and whether anyone - the resort, the ski rental shop, Schumacher himself - is at fault.

 
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