By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated August 15, 2002 01:00 AM
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Jason Priestley underwent surgery Wednesday on his broken back and feet, three days after his racecar smashed into a wall at Kentucky Speedway at 180 mph. The Associated Press reports that the former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star, 32, had the operation in Indianapolis at Methodist Hospital, where he was taken by helicopter on Monday. Originally he had been airlifted from the crash site to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington. There has been no announcement of his condition following the surgery, though a statement with an update is due Thursday morning, hospital spokesman John Mills told AP. Prior to the operation, Priestley was listed in serious condition. Besides fractures to both feet and to his spine, the actor, an 11-year veteran of racing, also sustained a moderate concussion and other injuries. Priestley was outfitted with a back brace Monday, the same day that doctors at the University of Kentucky Hospital said that he is expected to recover fully after weeks of healing and rehabilitation. Dr. Andrew Bernard of Kentucky Medical Center told reporters at a press conference earlier this week, “It’s going to be many weeks before he’s back up and doing some of the things that he likes to do.”