Panthers’ Cam Newton taken to hospital after crash

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been taken to a hospital after being involved in an auto accident in Charlotte.

Television footage shows Newton on a stretcher being placed in an ambulance Tuesday. The accident happened one block from the Panthers stadium.

It’s unclear how badly the 25-year-old he was injured.

Carolina spokesman Charlie Dayton said the team is closely monitoring the crash and will have more information later on Newton.

A truck was overturned on the roadway with debris scattered all over the street; The Charlotte Observer reports Newton was driving the truck.

Photos from the newspaper showed Newton smiling as he was attended to by an officer on the ground. Another car also appeared to be involved in the crash and had front end damage.

Newton has 2,800 yards passing this season with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has rushed for 425 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 4-8-1 record.

An Atlanta native, Newton led the Auburn Tigers to a national championship.

He threw three touchdown passes in Carolina’s 41-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, his best game in nearly a month-and-a-half. He also broke a string of eight straight games with an interception.

The win put the Panthers back in the playoff hunt, one-half game behind the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints (both 5-8).

Newton was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft and was inserted in as the franchise’s starter right away. He has only missed one game this season, the opener at Tampa Bay, due to a Newton has one year left on his rookie contract after the Panthers picked up a $15 million option for 2015.

The Panthers have repeatedly said Newton is a guy they view as their franchise quarterback moving forward.

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