ST. LEONHARD IN PASSEIER, Italy (AP) — Germany's World Cup preparations were disrupted when two members of the provisional squad were involved in a car accident on Tuesday.
Defender Benedikt Hoewedes and his Schalke teammate Julian Draxler were passengers in two vehicles driven by racing driver Pascal Wehrlein and Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg when the accident took place.
Two people were taken to hospital - one with serious injuries - after being struck by a car driven by Wehrlein, the dpa news agency reported.
Wehrlein and Rosberg were doing laps of a short circuit in the mountains near the German team's hotel in South Tyrol, northern Italy, when the accident occurred. None of the players or the drivers were injured. German daily Bild reported that Hoewedes was in Wehrlein's car.
"I am shocked by the accident," Rosberg wrote on Twitter. "My thoughts are with the two people who were injured and I wish them a fast recovery."
Local media reports said that a circuit marshal was one of the casualties, and that an injured man was airlifted by helicopter to Bolzano.