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Colombian football coach survives car crash

Bogota, March 26 (IANS)

Colombian football coach Francisco Maturana delivers a speech during the Footecon 2012 on December 04, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Colombian football coach Francisco Maturana escaped serious injury when his car crashed in the northern city of Medellin.

Maturana, who coached Colombian and other national teams to major tournaments, crashed into another vehicle Sunday but suffered only minor injuries, Xinhua reported Monday.

“The accident taught me many lessons. I was going to overtake and lost control of the car. Wearing a seatbelt is important. Luckily it was a day off (Sunday), imagine if it had been a regular day! I would have crashed into all the cars, like in the movies,” Maturana said. Maturana was admitted into a hospital in Medellin for routine tests.

“I spent the night at the hospital, doctors who are friends, classmates from university, examined me, took a tomography and fortunately there is nothing serious. Just the sprain these incidents can cause,” he said.

“What can we learn from the things that happen to us? Sometimes speed is not a good companion. One needs to pay attention when driving (and) wear a seatbelt. If I hadn’t done those things, the damage would have been great. We shouldn’t worry about arriving so fast,” he said.

Maturana, 64, led Atletico de Madrid (Spain), Colon de Santa Fe, Gimnasia and Esgrima (Argentina), as well as Colombia’s Once Caldas, Atletico Nacional, America de Cali and Millonarios, among others, not to mention the national football teams of Colombia, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru and Trinidad and Tobago.

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