Irvan’s Lung Injuries Improved, but Condition Remains Critical
Injuries to stock car driver Ernie Irvan’s lungs continued to improve Monday, but he remained unconscious on a ventilator two days after crashing during practice.
Irvan hit a wall at 176 m.p.h. Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.
A NASCAR official said Irvan apparently ran over debris on the track that cut the right front tire on his Ford Thunderbird. Irvan, 35, crashed into the wall in Turn 2 and sustained severe brain and lung injuries. He has been unconscious since.
He remained in critical but stable condition Monday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Dr. Errol Erlandson said in a statement. A CAT-Scan showed no worsening or hemorrhaging in the brain, Erlandson said.
No additional injuries have been discovered.
Recovery normally follows a slow course after neurological injuries, Erlandson said.
Irvan, who has remained unconscious since the crash, was airlifted to the hospital minutes after the accident.