TRENTON, NJ – Veteran open cockpit driver Lou Cicconi, Jr., of Lester, Pa., is resting at home as of Monday, December 22 following his release from Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton.
Cicconi was injured in a crash in the Len Sammons Motorsports Productions Three Quarter Midget ‘Battle Of Trenton’ feature Saturday, December 20.
Cicconi sustained a non-displaced fracture of the first lumbar vertebra (L1) after hitting the Jersey barrier retaining wall head on, then spinning around and slamming down on the concrete track surface wheels first. The car did not overturn. No other drivers were involved in the crash.
In the immediate aftermath of the crash, Cicconi told EMT workers at the scene that he was experiencing sharp lower back pain.
The EMT team, led by Track Services Coordinator Warren Alston, employed the use of a
newly designed half-size backboard, designed and built by the Farmingdale-Howell First Aid Squad, which immobilized the driver as he remained in the car’s seat.
Alston directed his team to cut the ‘halo bar’ above the drivers’ head. Then, the team sheared the metal head rest support. Next, Alston had his team raise the front of the car physically to allow the force of gravity to assist in the extrication which included the introduction of a full size backboard under the half size device.
“We took all the precautions,” said Alston. “He was in pain, we knew it was a back injury and the extrication was crucial.”
Reached Tuesday by AARN, Cicconi said he was in considerable discomfort from back pain.
Cicconi, 50, had said Sunday while still in the hospital that he had never broken a bone nor spent a night in a hospital in nearly four decades of competition.
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