Record breaking fingernails broken

The world record holder for the longest fingernails has seen her achievement snatched away after losing them in a motoring accident.

US woman Lee Redmond is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for her long fingernails, which have not been cut since 1979.

Ms Redmond, from Salt Lake City, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries in the accident, reports said.

The nails, which were broken as a result of the crash, measured a total of more than 28ft long in 2008, with the longest nail on her right thumb at 2ft 11in, according to the Guinness website.

Salt Lake County Sheriff's Lieutenant Don Hutson said Ms Redmond was ejected from a four-wheel drive vehicle in the crash and taken to the hospital in serious condition.

She has made a number of television appearances, including in episodes of Guinness Book of World Records and Ripley's Believe It or Not.

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