Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was injured in a car crash Tuesday afternoon, reports the Charlotte Observer.
A car crashed and overturned on the Church Street bridge over I-277 about 12:30 p.m. and ambulances are on the scene. A second car involved in the crash is also in the road, near Hill Street.
An Observer photographer at the scene said Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was injured in the wreck.
Rescuers have closed outbound Church Street at Stonewall.
Jonathan Jones, the Observer’s Panthers reporter, tweeted photos and news from the scene of the accident.
CMPD officer just confirmed to me Newton was driving. Said he was able to communicate— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
Cam Newton on a stretcher. Just loaded in ambulance pic.twitter.com/TP7rSRKXua— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
Cam Newton's car overturned just above I 277 pic.twitter.com/i5UjckyfbF— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
Other car involved in Cam Newton accident pic.twitter.com/oE6AVF5kcw— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
Cam Newton being loaded into ambulance https://t.co/Sc2wK6KGJg— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) December 9, 2014
The latest from AP:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered fractures to his lower back in a two-car crash Tuesday and will spend the night in the hospital, a team spokesman said Tuesday.
Newton was in fair condition, had no other internal injuries and would not need surgery, team spokesman Charlie Dayton said during a news conference outside a Charlotte hospital. It was unclear if Newton would be able to practice or play Sunday against the Buccaneers, Dayton said.
“Right now we have thought about Cam’s well-being and we understand there was someone else in the other car who was injured,” Dayton said. “We just hope that they’re all OK.”
He was expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday after undergoing tests.