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Courier Sports Editor Lloyd Engen seriously injured

Posted: Monday, Sep 7th, 2009

Valley Courier Sports Editor Lloyd Engen

Hurt in play


Sangre football game


MOSCA ó Valley Courier Sports Editor Lloyd Engen was severely injured Saturday afternoon when he was hit while taking photographs on the sideline at the Sangre de Cristo and Norwood High School football gam.

Norwood won the contest 48-8.

Engen, who was hit by a Norwood running back and two Sangre de Cristo defenders making the stop, landed on his back.

Witnesses said the play continued off the field where Engen was standing, knocking him into the air.

He awoke a few minutes later and was helped to an awaiting ambulance, which transported him to the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa.

X-Rays were done and it was discovered that he had a shattered pelvis and three cracked vertebrae in his back.

According to Engen, the attending emergency room physician Dr. Grant Hurley decided that work needed to be done immediately and Engen was flown to St. Anthony Central Hospital in Denver late Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday morning, physicians drilled a hole in Engenís knee and stabilized it with a 15-pound pulley that will allow for his condition to settle before operating in 4-5 days.

Engen said the ball in his hip socket was shattered into many pieces and that a team of surgeons will attempt to repair it later this week in hopes to allow him to walk again.

During Engenís absence, the Valley Courier is asking for high school coaches and athletic directors from around the San Luis Valley to contact sports reporter Eric Flores with scores and highlights from area athletic events as well as to provide him with schedules of upcoming events.

Flores can be reached by email at sports@alamosanews.com or by phone at 589-2553 in the newsroom and leave a message.

Game results, copies of scorebooks, etc. may also be faxed to 589-6573 or emailed.

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