ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Sarah Palin’s husband was expected to recover from a snowmobile accident in Alaska that left him hospitalized, his former racing partner said Monday, the same day the 2008 vice presidential candidate made a surprise appearance at a Donald Trump rally.
Todd Palin, 51, was injured Sunday night and was in the hospital but would be OK, Scott Davis said he heard from Palin’s father, Jim. Davis, who raced for years with Todd Palin in Alaska’s annual 2,000-mile Iron Dog snowmobile race, said the accident “didn’t sound life-threatening” but had no additional details.
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor, showed up at a Trump rally in Tampa Bay, Florida, after his campaign had said earlier Monday that she was returning home to be with her husband.
“Thank you, guys, for your prayers for my husband who is recovering right now in the ICU after a little wreck on a snow machine,” she said after taking the stage. Palin introduced Chris Christie, one of a handful of speakers at the rally.
“When real life happens,” she later said, “it really puts things in perspective doesn’t it?”
Trump’s presidential campaign said in a statement that the GOP front-runner sends his thoughts and prayers to Palin and her family.
It is not the first time Todd Palin was involved in a snowmobile crash. In the 2008 Iron Dog, he broke his arm in a high-speed crash, but he and Davis still finished in fourth place after Davis towed him the final 50 miles.
Palin is a four-time winner of the race. His last championship was in 2007.
Sarah’s father, Jim Palin, could not immediately be reached for comment.election