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Segways linked to serious head injury increase

US study revealed, 24 hours after company boss dies in bizarre accident

A RECENT SURVEY in America has found a substantial increase in the number of serious head injuries caused by accidents while riding a hi-tech Segway scooter.

The report, compiled by George Washington Hospital in Washington DC, comes just 48 hours after the death of Segway boss Jimi Heselden, who was killed while riding one of the company's machines, near his home in Lincolnshire, England.

Mr Heselden bought the American company in early 2010

"The Segway may seem cool, but there's nothing cool about a head injury," said Dr Mary Pat McKay, who studied the injuries sustained by a number of people involved in Segway accidents.

"One-quarter of the patients who came to our emergency department with Segway injuries were admitted to the hospital. Forty per cent of the admitted patients were admitted to the ICU (intensive care unit) because they had traumatic brain injuries."

Dr McKay examined the cases of 44 patients who came to the emergency department with injuries sustained while riding the Segway.

She found only 7 per cent had worn helmets, which are not required by law for Segway riders in Washington.

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