Three members of the Austrian synchronised swimming team have been injured in the Baku 2015 Athletes Village after being struck by a shuttle bus, with one of the athletes suffering serious injuries, the Austrian Olympic Committee (ÖOC) have confirmed in a statement.
Two of the athletes, Vanessa Sahinovic and Luna Pajer were taken to the University Hospital of Baku after the incident, which and saw the three 15-year-old athletes hit by the bus while walking down a sidewalk in the Village at around 8.30am.
The decision was then taken to immediately fly the two athletes back to Vienna, with team physician Dr. Robert Kandelhart, to receive the best possible care, where more medical care is guaranteed.
"Vanessa Sahinovic is unfortunately seriously injured, suffered a trauma with multiple fractures at Luna Pajer was an arm injury that required further evaluation found,” said Dr. Alfred Engel, ÖOC chief physician.
The third athlete injured, Verena Breit, was treated for a thigh contusion before being brought back to the Athletes' Village, it was confirmed.
"We are shocked by the incident, who immediately take all necessary urgent measures initiated," said Peter Mennel, ÖOC secretary general.
“Baku 2015 medical services responded to an incident this morning at the Transport Hub within the Athlete’s Village in Baku which led to three Austrian athletes being immediately transported to hospital,” a Baku 2015 spokesman said.
"Baku 2015 places the safety and welfare of all athletes as its number one priority.”
The athletes had been due to take part in tomorrow's free routine team event in the Baku Aquatics Centre, with the competition set to proceed the Opening Ceremony in the evening.