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26 Mar, 2020 15:53

'If not for the seatbelt, I would have been thrown from the car: New York Rangers star Pavel Buchnevich on horrific crash

'If not for the seatbelt, I would have been thrown from the car: New York Rangers star Pavel Buchnevich on horrific crash

New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich opened up about a car crash he was involved in with teammate Igor Shesterkin in February, stressing the importance of wearing a seatbelt, which saved his life.

The 24-year-old described the accident as “unpleasant,” adding that the players were not at fault for the crash which shocked the entire squad.

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It was really very unpleasant. We were driving safely around Brooklyn, when a car from the opposite carriage way crashed into our side sending us rolling towards other cars,” Buchnevich told Sport-Express.

I couldn’t even understand what happened to the driver of that car. I have a video of the crash, but I will not show it. We were not at fault at all.”

“Previously I was driving in Russia without wearing a seatbelt, I can admit it. But now I realize that had it not been [for] the seatbelt, I would have been thrown out of the car.”

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The frightening accident occurred on February 23 in Brooklyn, with Rangers goaltender Shesterkin behind the wheel.

According to Rangers President John Davidson, another car, which made a sudden U-turn, caused the crash.

Shesterkin sustained a broken rib and Buchnevich was diagnosed with a concussion. Both players were taken to the hospital right after the accident.

Despite the injuries, the Russians quickly returned to the ice with the Rangers.