Driver injured in horse race at fair still hospitalized

GROVE CITY — A harness racing driver injured in a three-horse accident Tuesday at the Putnam County Fair remains hospitalized, according to a statement released Thursday by the Ohio Harness Horsemen’s Association.

Brendan Johnson suffered a broken vertebrae, several broken ribs and a severe concussion, his wife, Julie Fagan, told the horsemen’s group. Fagan says surgery is not planned at this time.

“The specialist has decided to try Brendan with a neck brace for eight weeks and see how his neck heals. If all goes well, he won’t have to have neck surgery,” according to the OHHA statement.

The family hopes that Johnson will be able to start therapy in the next few days and return home soon.

Johnson, Pierce Henry and Cameron McCown were involved in the incident during the 11th race on Tuesday. Henry was treated and released from the hospital the same evening. McCown was examined at the track and drove later in the evening.

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