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August 09, 2002 01:50 AM

Former “Beverly Hills 90210” star Jason Priestley fractured his spine and suffered a head injury and fractures to both feet Sunday when he crashed head-on into a wall at close to 180 mph during a final practice race for the Kentucky 100 at the Kentucky Speedway, reports Reuters. The actor, 32, an 11-year speed-racing veteran, is listed as being in serious condition but stable and responding at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, where he was taken by helicopter after the accident, Indy Racing League medical director Henry Bock told the Associated Press. There are no signs of paralysis, say doctors. “He got sideways and he corrected and then shot off the track,” former Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk, who witnessed the crash, told AP. “He turned right into the wall, and his first impact was basically head-on. What I’m thinking is, that’s really the one big hit that he took that might have hurt him.” Luyendyk added that Priestley appeared to have driven through some “oil-dry,” an absorbent material used to dry up oil spills and leaks. Luyendyk said the oil-dry had been applied only about 10 minutes before the accident.

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