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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Silva in car accident at Bells

Jacqueline Silva's condition is not known today after a car crash en route to Bells Beach.

What was a routine lay day at the Rip Curl Pro Bell Beach turned into a serious situation for one ASP Womens competitor. 31-year-old Brazilian surfer, Jacqueline Silva, was driving to the contest site this morning when she was involved in a head-on collision.

Silva was immediately taken to a local hospital where she is being monitored. Her condition is not yet known, nor her status regarding the Rip Curl Pro. The accident occured in front of the Torquay Police Station.

Regularfoot, Silva, is from Florianopolis. She was on the Womens tour for 11 of 12 years, finishing second in the world in 2002, winnnig the Billabong Pro Maui. She fell off the tour at the end of 2009, but finished No.6 in the Women's overall ratings in 2010. ESPN Surfing will report her condition when it is known.