The skill displayed by drivers in the RallyCross competition at X Games, particularly with the jump, makes it easy to forget just how dangerous the sport can be. Everyone was reminded of that earlier today, however, when Finnish driver and X Games rookie Toomas Heikkinen shorted the 50-foot gap, crashing into the steel ramp. Heikkinen's Fiesta eventually landed upside down, and fluids leaking from the car caught fire after he exited the car.

While the head-on crash looked devastating, X Games later reported that Heikkinen thankfully only suffered a broken ankle and minor abdominal pain. Needless to say, he isn't expected to participate in Sunday's competition, although Travis Pastrana demonstrated last year that a broken ankle doesn't necessarily have to keep you out of a rally car.

You can view different angles of Heikkinen's unfriendly meeting with the ramp in the embedded videos below.





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      philip.lam
      • 2 Years Ago
      This may have been the result of insufficient launch angle and/or speed. What is amazing is the oversight on the part of the ramp designers - in not providing any "soft" approach aprons to protect drive against just this sort of mishap.
      MachDelta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy ****. Dude was just turned into a human crash-test dummy. Glad to hear he's not dead 'cuz that was one hell of a bang.
      job60
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well looks like most of that will buff right out....
      will2dmax
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ramp failure for sure
      Will
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just saw this on Sportscenter and nearly spit out my coffee. Glad he's ok. That's one hell of a wreck.
      juststeve35
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ouch...
      joynerz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Pretty strong ramp.
      Genia
      • 2 Years Ago
      what amazes me is that everyone turned around and walked away!!! No one ran over to see if the guy was okay!! WTF???
        dansamga
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Genia
        I was thinking the exact same thing - both angles from both saides and all the people do is turn around and walk away as if to pretend they didn't see this. WTF???
        Garry Carlson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Genia
        Did you see the Frame inside that car? Besides he had an "air-bag"!
        Ryan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Genia
        Track was probably still 'live'.... I'm not walking out there until the other drivers have been notified there's been a crash and slow down.
        nascar20155
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Genia
        what guy i think they had a chimp driving.
        Laurel
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Genia
        That is what shocks me. It's like oh well what do we do now ? Crazy ****.
      50merc
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like all the guys equipped with vaginas walk away. All the MEN go towards the guy in need.
      propackage
      • 2 Years Ago
      its pretty insance but a testament to the gear that injuries are not more common.
      jgesselberty
      • 2 Years Ago
      there is no X in stupid, but there should be.
      HELLRAISER
      • 2 Years Ago
      Missed it by that I-------I much.
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