"Both athletes are conscious and stable"
British sprinters James Ellington and Nigel Levine have been seriously injured in a road traffic accident in Tenerife, British Athletics said on Wednesday.
The incident, which occurred on Tuesday evening, left both in hospital with leg and pelvic injuries. They are believed to have been on the same motorbike when they collided with a car which was being driven on the wrong side of the road.
"Regretfully we can confirm that James Ellington and Nigel Levine have sustained injuries following a road accident in Tenerife on Tuesday evening," a statement said. "Both athletes are receiving medical treatment and are conscious and stable. British Athletics medical staff are with the athletes and liaising with hospital staff over their treatment."
The seriousness of the situation has been confirmed with reports coming in that the injuries could end the careers of the young men. Ellington had surgery in Spain to repair broken bones in the tibia and fibula but is also believed to broken his pelvis and fractured his eye socket.
European gold medal winner
An update on their conditions is expected later. Levine, who specialises in the 400m, competed at the London 2012 Olympics and was part of the British squad that won relay gold at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich. Ellington made the British team at last year's Rio Olympics here he finished fifth in his 100m heat. He also took part in the London Olympics where he was eliminated in the 200m heats.