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Wednesday
Dec282011

Cameraman Falls Off Segway in Front of Thousands of Fans

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- An Australian cameraman unwittingly became the center of attention and put himself in front of the camera Monday when he fell off a Segway scooter while filming a cricket match in his home country.

Joe Previtera was cruising along the field filming the Boxing Day match between the Australian and Indian cricket teams for Australian Channel 9 when he failed to notice a spare helmet in his path. When he hit the helmet head-on, both he and the Segway promptly tumbled over, camera gear and all.

While the fall was dramatic, luckily for Previtera, he suffered no injuries more severe than a red face. “I am a bit embarrassed but fine,” he told the UK’s Daily Mail.

Previtera’s tumble occurred not just in front of the players he was there to film, but also in plain sight of the 52,858 fans gathered at the Melbourne Cricket Ground for the game, and the millions watching it on TV around the world.

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Monday
Sep272010

Segway Owner Dies In Segway Accident

Photo Courtesy - Segway, Inc.(WEST YORKSHIRE, England) -- The owner of Segway, the company that manufactures two-wheeled personal transportation devices, died Sunday in an accident involving the company's trademark product. Jimi Heselden, 62, was apparently riding an all-terrain Segway model when he and the machine plunged from a cliff and into a river. Heselden, a former miner, bought the company last December and, according to local reports, was using the machine to survey his estate. The company confirmed Heselden’s death on its website.

A study released Monday evaluated the records of injuries obtained while riding the Segway from 44 different Washington, D.C. patients between 2005 and 2008. A quarter of those patients were admitted to the hospital, while almost half were placed in intensive care due to traumatic brain injury. Records show that only seven percent of all patients had worn helmets, which are not required by law in Washington. The number of Segway-related injuries is on the rise, records show, with three in 2006 and at least 25 in 2008.

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