Player knocked out, rushed to hospital, then ambulance crashes

Posted by - September 21, 2009 - Oddballs, South America

Not the sort of first aid you want

Universidad de Chile striker Juan Manuel Olivera was having one of those days on Thursday. He was knocked unconscious during the game against O’Higgins after a clash with opposition goalkeeper Jorge Rivera.

The Uruguayan striker was taken to a nearby clinic and regained consciousness during the journey. Doctors were happy that Olivera had not sustained any lasting damage but ordered him to spend a night in a Santiago hospital under observation.

On its way to the hospital, Olivera’s ambulance was involved in a collision with another vehicle. Again the striker avoided serious injury, but he did have to wait for a further two hours while a replacement ambulance made its way through rush-hour traffic!

At least Olivera has been able to see the funny side. Team doctor Patrico Delgado said: “It was a tragicomic situation. He was a bit shocked at first but he has taken it all with a dose of humour. He will have to rest for around a week and after that he can start training again.”