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Seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher injured in skiing accident

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher (above) suffered a head injury while skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel, French media reported on Sunday, Dec 29, 2013. -- TNP FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher (above) suffered a head injury while skiing in the French Alps resort of Meribel, French media reported on Sunday, Dec 29, 2013. -- TNP FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN CHOO

PARIS (REUTERS) - Retired seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher suffered a head injury in a fall while skiing off-piste in the French Alps resort of Meribel on Sunday, an official said.

"He has been taken to a hospital in Moutiers," the resort director, Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte, told Reuters.

The 44-year-old German was wearing a helmet and was conscious during the transport to hospital, he added, suggesting that Schumacher was less seriously injured than initial media reports had indicated

Location of skiing accident

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher had been skiing off-piste in the upmarket Meribel resort in France, where he reportedly has a property, when he fell and hit his head on a rock.

"He fell around 11am and hit a rock with his head," Gernigon-Lecomte said.

"It seems that he has suffered a head trauma, but I would not say how serious it is. He was conscious but very agitated while being taken to hospital."

Schumacher, whose birthday is on Jan 3, is the most successful Formula One driver of all time with a record 91 victories among his achievements. He won his titles with Benetton and Ferrari.

He left the sport last year after a three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006. The German lives in Switzerland with his wife and two children.