Teenage racing driver Billy Monger has had his lower legs amputated
Formula 4 racer Billy Monger crashed into the back of another car during a race at Donington Park on Saturday.
The young Brit was trapped in the wreckage for more than 90 minutes before being extricated and flown to hospital.
The 17-year-old has now had amputations to both his legs.
A Formula 4 spokesman confirmed the tragic news in a statement issued this evening.
He said: "Due to the injuries sustained and despite every effort, Billy has sadly had both lower legs amputated.
"He has been kept in an induced coma while undergoing surgery, from which he is expected to be woken in the next few days."
A crowd-funding site was set up to raise funds for the teenager's medical treatment and recovery.
More than £250,000 has already been raised on the Just Giving page.
Formula One drivers joining the motorsport community in expressing support on Twitter.
Former F1 world champion Damon Hill wrote: “Everyone wishing Billy Monger the best possible outcome.”
And current F1 driver Marcus Ericsson tweeted: “Sending my best wishes today to Billy Monger after his crash.
“Hoping for the best, get well soon.”
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