Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin's husband underwent six hours of surgery following his snowmobile accident, PEOPLE has learned

By People Staff
Updated March 15, 2016 10:45 PM
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Sarah Palin called her husband Todd “tough” after he was seriously injured in a snowmobile accident.

She wasn’t kidding: a source tells PEOPLE that Todd’s injuries were so extensive they required six hours of surgery overnight after the crash.

After victories in several states on Super Tuesday, GOP front-runner Donald Trump addressed the incident in his victory speech.

“I want to pay my respects, by the way, to Todd Palin, Sarah’s husband. Sarah was here, she was incredible. She was making a speech on my behalf,” he said of the former Alaskan governor, who has endorsed him.

“He was in a very bad accident,” Trump continued of Todd. “He’s tough as nails, he’s gonna be fine.”

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Todd and Sarah’s daughter Bristol Palin, has also described her father as the “toughest guy I know” after the crash.