Jackson Strong may have made most of the headlines when his crazy snowmobile stunt gone awry was captured on television in which his sled sped into stands, injuring one spectator. Unfortunately, Caleb Moore's accident happened even earlier and proved much more critical.
Moore, who crashed in the snowmobile freestyle finals at X Games Aspen last Thursday night, first appeared to have suffered only minor injuries, until a visit to the hospital showed internal bleeding of critical organs. The 25-year-old is currently in critical condition at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Col., and his grandfather told reporters that he might not make it.
Below is the information via David Strege of GrindTV:
"Caleb is not doing good at all," Caleb's grandfather Charles Moore told The Denver Post on Monday afternoon. "The prognosis is not good at all. It's almost certain he's not going to make it."
Sadly, if true, it would mark the first fatality in the 19-year history of the X Games, winter and summer.
Near the end of his first snowmobile freestyle run, Moore failed to fly far enough on a backflip and the front sleds dug into the landing ramp, sending him over the handlebars and into a face-first landing, after which the snowmobile landed on him.
Moore, 25, of Krum, Texas, was knocked unconscious. Paramedics attended to him immediately. After regaining consciousness, he began feeling worse and was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a concussion, according to a New York Times report.
During the night, doctors discovered internal bleeding around Moore's heart. He was airlifted to Grand Junction to undergo emergency surgery Friday morning. A spokeswoman told the Times on Friday morning that Moore had sustained a heart contusion and was in the intensive care unit.
Late Sunday, a family spokeswoman told the Post that the cardiac injury led to "a secondary complication involving his brain."
Monday night, family spokeswoman Chelsea Lawson told the Post that "Caleb is in critical condition and is being closely monitored. The Moores want to express their gratitude to all of Caleb's fans, friends, and family for their strong support and ask for continued prayers in the coming days."
On Thursday night, about 30 minutes after Moore crashed, his brother, Colten, 23, also crashed and was taken to the hospital where it was determined he had separated his pelvis. X Games reported that the injury didn't require surgery. Colten wrote on his Facebook page Saturday morning that he was out of the hospital and "doing good but still sore." He asked for prayers for his brother.
There has already been a fundraising page set up for Caleb and his family in order to cover medical costs. At the time of this writing, there has been over $16,000 already donated.
Below is the clip, which is nerve-racking to say the least. Moore gets off to a great start, landing his first few jumps perfectly, before his costly face-first landing.
Moore has never won a medal at X-Games.