10/27/2011 09:42 EDT | Updated 12/27/2011 05:12 EST

2 members of British women's bobsled team hospitalized after crash in Germany

WINTERBERG, Germany - Two members of a British women's bobsled team have been hospitalized with a head injury and fractured spine after crashing in Germany.

British bobsled federation performance director Gary Anderson told the BBC that driver Fiona Harrison suffered a head injury and brakewoman Serita Shone had spine surgery.

In a statement on the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association website, Anderson confirmed the crash took place Wednesday during a training run for the British championship at the World Cup track in Germany.

Track officials say the bobsled flew off the course in the fast bottom part of the track.

The 29-year-old Harrison is a former heptathlete who has competed in bobsled for two years. The 22-year-old Shone joined the bobsled team last month after switching from the heptathlon.