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Irvan's Lung Injuries Improved, but Condition Remains Critical

August 23, 1994|Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Injuries to stock car driver Ernie Irvan's lungs continued to improve Monday, but he remained unconscious on a ventilator two days after crashing during practice.

Irvan hit a wall at 176 m.p.h. Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

A NASCAR official said Irvan apparently ran over debris on the track that cut the right front tire on his Ford Thunderbird. Irvan, 35, crashed into the wall in Turn 2 and sustained severe brain and lung injuries. He has been unconscious since.

He remained in critical but stable condition Monday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Dr. Errol Erlandson said in a statement. A CAT-Scan showed no worsening or hemorrhaging in the brain, Erlandson said.

No additional injuries have been discovered.

Recovery normally follows a slow course after neurological injuries, Erlandson said.

Irvan, who has remained unconscious since the crash, was airlifted to the hospital minutes after the accident.

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