Emergency crews were on the scene of a crash involving Carolina Panthers’ quarterback Cam Newton just after noon Tuesday near uptown.
Police said the 2-vehicle crash happened around 12:30 p.m. on the Church Street bridge over Interstate 277 — one block from Bank of America Stadium.
The Panthers tweeted that Newton is in fair condition and undergoing tests at Carolinas Medical Center and will remain there overnight for observation. Newton has two transverse process fractures in lower back, doctors told the Panthers. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo sustained a similar injury in the team’s Oct. 27 game against Washington. Romo missed one game with the injury.
The transverse process is a small bone that sticks out of either side of the vertebrae.
A police source told Channel 9 the other driver pulled out in front of Newton’s truck and Newton tried to avoid the other car. The impact caused Newton’s truck to flip several times.
A witnesses told Channel 9 that Newton’s truck flipped four times.
Paramedics loaded Newton into an ambulance on a stretcher and took him to the hospital.
There was no immediate word on any injuries to anyone in the other car.
The road was briefly closed as crews investigated the crash.
Newton has 2,800 yards passing this season with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has rushed for 425 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 4-8-1 record.
Newton, an Atlanta native, led the Auburn Tigers to a national championship.
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