Todd Palin Fractured 8 Ribs in 'Freak' Accident
Trump awkwardly jokes about injured Palin, guns
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 15, 2016 8:17 AM CDT
Todd Palin is seen in 2012.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – Todd Palin is expected to recover after fracturing eight ribs in a snowmobile crash in Alaska on Sunday, his father tells the AP. Palin, who also suffered a broken shoulder blade and clavicle and a collapsed lung, was undergoing surgery Tuesday at Mat-Su Regional Medical Center in Palmer, wife Sarah Palin writes on Facebook. "Knowing Todd, once he's cognizant, he'll probably ask docs to duct tape him up and he'll call it good. He's tough," she says. Officials tell the Alaska Dispatch News that the single-snowmobile crash occurred around 8pm near Petersville, 70 miles north of the Palins' hometown of Wasilla. It was just "one of those freak accidents," Jim Palin says.

News of the crash surfaced after Sarah Palin canceled an appearance at a Trump rally in The Villages, Fla., on Monday, though she actually introduced Trump at a later event in Tampa Bay before flying home to Alaska. Shortly after, the Republican front-runner raised eyebrows when he mentioned Todd Palin in a comment about the San Bernardino shooting, reports the Hill. "If Todd Palin were in that room—frankly, if Sarah Palin were in that room, forget about Todd, especially now—if Sarah Palin were in that room, if somebody were in that room, that had some kind of gun attached to the hip, attached to the ankle … you wouldn't have had this," Trump said. (Sarah and Todd make this list of famous couples who were high school sweethearts.)