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James Hinchcliffe taken to hospital after another crash at Indianapolis 500 practice

INDIANAPOLIS -- IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe was taken to a hospital for surgery on his left leg Monday after slamming his car into the wall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the fourth frightening wreck during practice for the Indianapolis 500 in the past week.

The Canadian driver hit into the wall going into turn three and his car briefly slid on its right side and almost flipped over before coming came to rest upright. He was removed from the car and IndyCar officials said he had surgery for an injury to his upper left thigh at Indiana University Methodist Hospital, where he was in stable condition late Monday afternoon.

Hinchcliffe's leg was pierced by the car's right front rocker and the piece of equipment needed to be removed, according to two people familiar with the crash who spoke on condition of anonymity because IndyCar and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports were not releasing details of the injury. The surgery was also needed to stop massive bleeding.

"That was a massive hit," fellow driver Graham Rahal tweeted. "@Hinchtown we're all praying for the best."

IndyCar announced it would resume practice nearly three hours after the crash while it investigated yet another incident that has sharply raised concerns about safety with IndyCar's showcase race coming up on Sunday.

James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, hits the wall in
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James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, hits the wall in the third turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015. (Jimmy Dawson/The Indianapolis Star via AP)

James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, hits the wall in
Photo Credit: AP / Jimmy Dawson

James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, hits the wall in the third turn during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Jimmy Dawson)

Ryan Hunter-Reay reacts after watching the wreck of
Photo Credit: AP / Darron Cummings

Ryan Hunter-Reay reacts after watching the wreck of James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Marco Andretti, front left, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, front
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Marco Andretti, front left, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, front right, watch the wreck of James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, on a video screen during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Marco Andretti, right, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, center, stand
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Marco Andretti, right, and Ryan Hunter-Reay, center, stand outside of the infield hospital following the crash of James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Ed Carpenter, right, talks with Ryan Hunter-Reay following
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Ed Carpenter, right, talks with Ryan Hunter-Reay following the crash of James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

A truck carries the car of James Hinchcliffe,
Photo Credit: AP / John Maxwell

A truck carries the car of James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, following a crash during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/John Maxwell)

Conor Daly, right, and and James Jakes, of
Photo Credit: AP / Darron Cummings

Conor Daly, right, and and James Jakes, of England, leave the infield hospital following the crash of James Hinchcliffe, of Canada, during practice for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Monday, May 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

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