UPDATE (10:45 p.m. Monday) — Sarah Palin issued the following statement Monday night about her husband Todd's snowmachine accident:
"Todd Palin is in intensive care at an Alaskan hospital with injuries including multiple broken and fractured ribs, broken shoulder blade, broken clavicle, knee/leg injuries; and a collapsed lung. He is presently back in surgery to repair multiple fractures. Thank you for your prayers for a speedy recovery. We, as his wife and children, appreciate your respect for our privacy during this time. 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."
WASILLA — According to multiple reports, Wasilla's Todd Palin, a four-time Iron Dog champion and the husband of former Alaska governor and U.S. vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, was seriously injured in a snowmachine accident Sunday.
The news was first reported by the Donald Trump presidential campaign, which issued a statement about the crash Monday morning.
"Todd Palin was in a bad snow machine accident last night and is currently hospitalized. Gov. Palin is returning to Alaska to be with her husband and looks forward to being back on the campaign trail soon. Mr. Trump's thoughts and prayers are with the Palin family at this time," read the statement issued by the campaign.
The Trump campaign issued the statement after Sarah Palin — who has endorsed the New York billionaire for president — was forced to cancel an appearance at a Trump rally in Florida Monday. Multiple media outlets and the Associated Press reported she was flying back to Alaska to be with her husband, who was hospitalized in the crash.
Citing Palin's dad, Jim Palin, the Associated Press reported Todd Palin suffered injuries to his collarbone and lungs and was set to undergo surgery.
While the former governor was en route back to Alaska, Sarah Palin's Facebook page issued the following statement thanking supporters for their prayers:
"Todd is our rock... toughest guy I know. Thank you for your prayers as he recovers following a snowmachine accident last night. You know, your prayers have meant so much to our family over the years and I've not thanked you enough for providing us that shield of faith. God bless you, too!
As any adventurous Alaskan knows, while you may be down, you're never out. I remember Chris Kyle summed up Todd best - "He's Rambo. Straight up Rambo!" On the cross country flights taking me back home now, I'm thinking of all of you, and sincerely appreciating your support.
It was an honor to be with so many patriotic Floridians the past two days; you remind me that when "life happens" and we face challenges as individuals and a nation, it's the strength in unity and a strong faith that let us overcome. Stay strong! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
On Monday, the Mat-Su Borough sent out an email saying emergency responders were called to Cubby's Marketplace south of Talkeetna for a report of a snowmachine accident that took place north of there. The email said medics transported one patient to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. The crash involved a single snowmachine.
However, borough spokesperson Patty Sullivan said she couldn't confirm the patient's identity due to federal privacy laws. When asked why the borough bothered to send out a special email about a snowmachine accident, Sullivan said it was because the local government had been getting numerous media requests for information.
Sarah Palin is a former Wasilla mayor who served half a term as Alaska governor, during which she made an unsuccessful run as John McCain's running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign. McCain and Palin lost the general election to president Barack Obama and vice president Joe Biden. She officially left her post as governor in July of 2009.
Todd Palin is a well-known champion snowmachine racer who won the Iron Dog — a roughly 2,000-mile snowmachine race from Big Lake to Nome to Fairbanks — in 1995, 2000, 2002 and 2007.
On Monday, the Iron Dog released a statement about Palin's crash, saying that although the extent of his injuries hadn't been released, he was believed to be in stable condition and scheduled to have surgery.
“Everyone at the Iron Dog sends its warmest get well wishes and is keeping Todd in our thoughts and prayers as he recovers from his injuries," said race executive director Kevin Kastner. "This is a good time to remind your friends, family and loved ones to always wear your safety gear. As has been said before…danger never takes a vacation.”
This is a developing story; check back for updates.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story said Sarah Palin stepped down as governor during the 2008 presidential campaign. She resigned in 2009.