Usain Bolt in car accident in Jamaica
Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt has been in a car crash in Jamaica, but police say he was not seriously injured.
Police Sgt. David Sheriff said Wednesday that Bolt and an unidentified female passenger were taken to a hospital in Spanish Town but neither was seriously hurt.
Sheriff said Bolt was apparently speeding on a rain-slicked highway when he lost control of the BMW M3 he was driving and it went off the road. Sheriff was the first officer to arrive at the scene in St. Catherine parish and found the car heavily damaged.
An official at Spanish Town Hospital confirmed Bolt appeared to have only scratches. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of privacy concerns, said Bolt was "very calm" and that doctors were examining him to make sure there were no other injuries. The official said Bolt would be required to provide a statement to police.
The track star's manager, Norman Peart, said Bolt suffered nothing more than scratches from thorn bushes when he stepped out of the car on the side of the road.
"We are very relieved he's OK," Peart said. "Everybody is fine."
Bolt's team will conduct tests over the next 48 hours to decide whether he sticks to his competition schedule, Peart said. Bolt has a meet Saturday in Jamaica and is set to run a 150-meter street race in Manchester, England, on May 17.
The 22-year-old sprinter won the 100 and 200 metres at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was part of the Jamaican team that won the 4x100 relay. All three gold medals were earned in world record times.
He received several end-of-year accolades as a result, including recognition as athlete of the year by the International Association of Athletics Federations and the International Sports Press Association.
Bolt was given the BMW by his sponsor Puma as a reward for his outstanding performance in the Olympics.
Bolt ran his first 100 of 2009 in Spanish Town last month, clocking 9.93 to tie for a win with training partner Daniel Bailey.