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February 26, 2013

Paula Creamer, Ai Miyazato injured in Thailand car accident

Posted at 1:14 PM by Samantha Glover | Categories: Ai Miyazato, LPGA Tour, Paula Creamer, Suzann Pettersen

Petterson_wreckPhotograph by Suzann Pettersen

Paula Creamer and her caddie were injured in a car accident in Thailand, according to the Golf Channel's Randell Mell.

Paula Creamer and her caddie, Colin Cann, sustained minor injuries in a car accident Sunday night when they found themselves in the middle of a five-car pileup on their way to the Bangkok airport after the Honda LPGA Thailand event.

In addition to Creamer and Cann, Ai Miyazato and Suzann Pettersen were also involved in the five-car pileup on the highway. According to Mell, Miyazato's car was in the accident, while Pettersen and her mother narrowly missed it.

Creamer was in the front seat of a VIP car, and though she was wearing a seatbelt, she said her air bag did not deploy. She and Miyazato visited a hospital in Singapore after their flight landed for this week’s HSBC Champions. Creamer said doctors told her she did not suffer a concussion, but she did suffer moderate whiplash and has a sore shoulder.

Creamer reported Cann, who was in the back seat, has a sore neck and shoulders.

“I will probably be sore for several weeks,” Creamer tweeted. “We were very lucky. Hope to be able to play this week.”

Pettersen, who wrote about accident on her blog, said that speed might have been a factor in the crash:

On our way to the airport we were in a car accident! Paula , Ai , my mum and myself with the rest of our entourage! We were driving on the highway pretty fast and at times maybe to ruff. Meaning , no room for errors what so ever ! And it was just a matter of time we must say before something actually happend! Don’t know how it all went down, but in a split second the entourage of our 5 cars was all crushed together! Paula said she felt like a ping ping ball being hit from both ends pretty hard! I was in the last car and manage somehow to just miss the rest! Out of all the cars , the car I was in was the only car suited to take us to the airport! We are just happy no one got more seriously injured from the impact! Ai and Paula and some of the guys had some pain in their necks! It was a scary split second, where u realize how quick it can go!

I took a picture in the car just before the incident, not knowing what was just about to happend! We were all lucky this time;)

All the players involved in the accident hope to compete in the HSBC Women's Champions event in Singapore this week, according to a statement on LPGA.com.

"With great concern for the players, caddies and families involved, we've been working through the necessary channels to gather available and accurate information beyond the original wire report... although follow up information trickled in slowly as players traveled from Thailand to Singapore. At this point, we've now been in contact with each of the players involved and their representatives. We're glad to report that there are no serious injuries. Paula and Ai have been seen by doctors, x-rays have checked out ok, and each is receiving excellent follow up care. All players say they are hopeful of competing this week at the HSBC Women's Champions in Singapore. We will update as necessary."

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