John Campbell, the sport's all-time leading money-winning driver, will be out of action for an undetermined time after needing surgery late Wednesday afternoon to repair a broken left collarbone suffered in an ice skating accident earlier in the day.
Campbell's wife, Paula, told harnessracing.com Thursday morning that her husband was skating on an outside neighborhood rink with his grandson when he slipped and tumbled, landing directly on his shoulder. Campbell, 58, was taken immediately to Passaic Valley Hospital in New Jersey where the surgery was performed at 5 p.m.
"It was just a freak accident," said Paula Campbell. "We were able to do some things so he could have the surgery done right away. He could have stayed in the hospital overnight but because of the snowstorm, I was able to bring him home last night."
Paula said doctors did not give John a definite number on recovery time, although she said he is hoping to return to the sulky in about four weeks. The Hall of Fame driver currently has 10,641 career wins and a record $285.7 million in purse earnings.