After Schumacher, Angela Merkel injured while skiing

Within days of German Formula One legend Michael Schumacher skiing accident in which he was left in a coma and fighting for his life, German Chancellor Angela Merkel (in pic) too has been involved in an accident while skiing and fractured her pelvis -- she is walking with the help of crutches, forcing her to call off some foreign visits and official appointments, her spokesman said yesterday.

Merkel fell while skiing over the Christmas vacation. What she first thought was heavy bruising turned out to be a partial fracture, meaning she must take it easy for three weeks and work from home where possible, said her spokesman Steffen Seibert. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

The news comes a week after Germany was shocked by the far more serious skiing accident of former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher, who is in critical condition in a French hospital.

“The chancellor is of course able to work and is in full communication,” said Seibert. He added that Merkel’s accident occurred ‘at low speed’ but he declined to give further details.

Other skiing accidents

March 19, 2009: Actress Natasha Richardson died two days after hitting her head during an accident at Mont Tremblant, north of Montreal.

February 12, 2001: Princess Caroline of Monaco suffered a torn ligament when another skiier hit her from behind in Austria

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