Details of Schumacher crash investigation revealed

08 Jan 2014

Investigators in France have revealed details about the skiing accident suffered by seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher at the Alpine resort of Meribel in December.

It was confirmed that Schumacher, who is currently in a critical but stable condition in hospital in Grenoble having sustained severe head injuries, was wearing a helmet-mounted video camera at the time of his accident, the footage from which has formed a key part of the investigation.

“The film is perfectly clear and gives us a lot of information,” said Patrick Quincy, the French prosecutor leading the investigation. “It confirms all the information that we already had. We used this film to do a reconstruction of the accident.”

Schumacher, whom investigators described as "an extremely good skier", was found to have been eight metres off piste and travelling at the speed one would expect of "a very good skier" when he struck a rock. He then fell forward and hit his head on another rock.

The investigators, who will continue to study the footage from Schumacher’s helmet with experts, appeared to rule out the speed at which the 45-year-old was travelling, the signage at the resort, or the German's skis as being key contributors in the accident.