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Manca in 'life-threatening' condition

Updated: January 8, 2010, 3:23 AM ET
Associated Press

SANTIAGO, Chile -- Italian motorcyclist Luca Manca was critically injured in a fall Thursday in the Dakar Rally and was placed in an induced coma.

Officials at Del Cobre Hospital in Calama, where the 29-year-old Manca was airlifted, said he sustained critical head injuries and was breathing on a respirator. Officials described his condition as "life-threatening."

"These are critical injuries," said Dr. Miguel Cortes, who treated Manca following the accident. "He's on a ventilator and ...

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