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News archive for February 10, 2014

Tumble led to a head injury

Brent Sassʼs race is over.

By Marcel Vander Wier on February 10, 2014 at 3:43 pm

BRAEBURN – Brent Sassʼs race is over.

The 34-year-old musher from Eureka, Alaska, who was running second to Allen Moore in the 2014 Yukon Quest, suffered a head injury after falling off his sled en route to Braeburn early Sunday morning.

The musher was in stable condition at the Braeburn checkpoint, and was airlifted to Whitehorse General Hospital.

Canadian Rangers were deployed Sunday morning to Sassʼs location, just over 19 km (12 miles) outside of the final race checkpoint.

Sass was brought to the Braeburn checkpoint by snowmobile, where he received medical attention.

“He slipped and hit his head,” race marshal Doug Grilliot told reporters Sunday.

“He is in good condition, stable condition. Weʼre going to transport him down to Whitehorse so the doctors can get a really good, hard look at him.”

Grilliot said the musher was conscious and talking.

His dogs were brought into the checkpoint by race official Steve Smith, who competed in last yearʼs Quest. The dog team is in good condition.

Grilliot refused to go into further detail, calling the situation a private family matter.

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