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August 25, 2002
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Actor Jason Priestley has been discharged from hospital less than two weeks after suffering serious injuries – including a fractured spine – when his race car span out of control and hit a wall head-on at 180 mph at the Kentucky Speedway.

Jason spent a week in intensive care following the accident, which took place during practice for the race, and needed series of operations on his back, nose, eyes and feet. Doctors are understood to believe the star will make a full recovery and Vancouver radio has reported that he is currently staying at a physical recuperation centre.

Best known for his role as teen heartthrob Brandon Walsh on the television series Beverly Hills 90210, Jason is a member of the Kelley Racing Team. He was practicing for the final of the Indy Racing Infiniti Pro Series when he crashed, apparently after driving over a section of track where absorbent material “oil dry” had been laid down after another car leaked fluid.

While cars were warned not to drive through the substance, it is thought the actor was not aware it was on the track and ran right through it. His car hit the outside wall in the second turn, heavily damaging it, and then veered across the course and hit an inside retaining wall.

Jason was initially taken to accident and emergency at a Kentucky Hospital before being moved to an Indianapolis hospital. In addition to a fractured back and fractures in both feet, he had a contusion around his left eye and lacerations on the bridge of his nose, left cheek and neck.

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Jason's car spun out of control and hit the wall after he drove through an absorbent substance known as "oil dry" which had been laid down to soak up another car's leaked fluid