Hinchcliffe sustains upper thigh injury in crash in Turn 3 (UPDATED)

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4:00 p.m. ET (UPDATE 2):  The latest medical update from IndyCar on James Hinchcliffe’s condition: Hinchcliffe is in stable condition and undergoing surgery for an injury to his left upper thigh.

2:50 p.m. ET (UPDATED): After his accident in Turn 3, James Hinchcliffe has sustained an injury to his upper thigh, and is currently in surgery.

Multiple updates from reporters at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have followed.

1:45 p.m. ET: James Hinchcliffe has had an accident in Indianapolis 500 practice, with a component failure on his No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Schmidt Peterson Honda going into Turn 3.

Per INDYCAR, the Canadian is awake and alert, and being transported to Methodist Hospital. It appeared he did not get out of the car under his own power.

It appeared something broke on the right front of the car, which launched Hinchcliffe into the Turn 3 wall, albeit into the SAFER barrier at the corner.

The right side of Hinchcliffe’s car sheered off in the accident and once that was gone, it tipped the car up onto its side as it slid down the track when progressing down the North Chute in-between Turns 3 and 4.

Hinchcliffe’s car slid back up the track into Turn 4 and came to a rest, where he was assisted by the Holmatro Safety Team.

The accident was entirely different than the four prior accidents this month.

More to follow on further official updates…