Ron Turcotte

Ron Turcotte

Anne M. Eberhardt

Turcotte Moved to Hospital Closer to Home

Spokesperson says Turcotte resting comfortably, is in good spirits.

Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte was moved to a hospital closer to his home in Grand Falls, New Brunswick, a day after his legs were broken when the van he was driving hit an icy patch of road and flipped on its side.

Turcotte's spokesman Leonard Lusky said March 11 that the transfer ''is good'' and Turcotte is still resting comfortably. A family friend was a passenger and sustained minor injuries, Lusky said March 10. The single-car accident occurred near Four Falls, New Brunswick, on the Trans-Canada Highway, police said.

Lusky said March 10 that Turcotte was ''in good spirits and still has his sense of humor.'' He said Turcotte and his family ''appreciate the well wishes and concern of fans and the Thoroughbred racing community.''

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Const. Yannick Pelletier said the accident occurred Tuesday morning. He said the snow-covered roads were slippery at the time and the accident is under investigation.

''It could have been a lot worse,'' Lusky said. ''I think he's doing well.''