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Son of Iditarod champion Martin Buser in critical condition after car crash

The son of Alaska musher Martin Buser was hospitalized in critical condition Friday after a car crash in Seattle, according to a Facebook post from Buser's Happy Trails Kennel.

Nikolai Buser was one of six people injured in a four-car pileup near downtown Seattle Friday morning, according to the post, which also linked to a Seattle news report. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center, where he was in critical condition, the post said.

"Martin and I are now in Seattle meeting with lots of incredibly kind and knowledgeable doctors," Buser's wife, Kathy Chapoton, wrote in the Facebook post. "Nikolai has had the first of many surgeries to come."

Nikolai Buser was named rookie of the year in the 2003 Junior Iditarod. The accident comes as Martin Buser, a four-time Iditarod champion, is facing penalties for two rule violations in this year's Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race. In the Facebook post, Chapoton referred to the controversy and thanked followers for support.

"We seem to have more pressing issues at the moment," she said.