Panthers quarterback Cam Newton fractured two bones in his lower back Tuesday in a two-car accident outside of Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
The Charlotte Observer reported that the crash took place just after 12:30 p.m. Eastern on a bridge over Interstate 277, just outside of the stadium. A witness told the Observer that the black Dodge pickup truck that Newton was driving flipped several times before landing on the passenger side.
The Panthers announced later Tuesday afternoon that Newton had two fractures in his lower back, but no other internal injuries. He’ll be held overnight at Carolinas Medical Center for observation.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department said in a statement that Newton and the driver of the other car involved in the crash — a Buick with temporary Georgia plates, according to the Observer — were transported with non-life-threatening injuries. Police are investigating the cause of the crash.
The Observer posted a photo of Newton alert and smiling while being treated by medics after the crash.
Jonathan Jones, one of the Observer’s Panthers reporters, posted a video at about 1 p.m. Eastern time of Newton being loaded into an ambulance.
Jones also posted a video of Newtown’s black pickup truck being towed away from the scene and a photo of police officers removing clothing and Beats headphones from the car.
Gallagher tweeted this photo of medics tending to Newton.
Here’s a look at Newtown’s overturned truck via Gallagher:
And here’s a look at Buick:
It’s not clear yet whether the accident will have any impact on Newton’s status for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Derek Anderson is second on Carolina’s quarterback depth chart and would presumably start if Newton is unable to play.
The Panters are 4-8-1 but only a half game out of first place in the NFC South, which has been by far the worst division in football.