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John Campbell breaks shoulder, knee

May 31, 2011

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Paula Campbell, the wife of Hall of Fame driver John Campbell, told harnessracing.com Tuesday morning that her husband suffered a broken shoulder and broken knee as a result of an accident in the ninth race, a division of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series for 3-year-old colt trotters, Monday afternoon at Harrah’s Chester.

The spill occurred when the David Miller-driven Somedancer Hanover, who was sitting in the three hole approaching the three quarters, came up on the back of the pocket-sitting Ax Man and driver George Brennan and fell to the track. That triggered a chain reaction that also involved the Campbell-driven Tritech and the Brad Provost-driven Bravo.

“He’s still in the hospital and of course he’s in a lot of pain, and I want to get him to his doctor in New Jersey,” said Paula Campbell. “We’re not sure if he’s going to need surgery on his knee as some operate on it to put a screw in to stabilize it. They won’t do anything for the shoulder but put it in a brace and let it heal.”

Both Miller and Provost apparently emerged from the incident unscathed. Miller continued to drive the remainder of the program while Provost was taken to a local hospital and checked out fine and was not admitted.

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