Aussie cyclist Josh Duffy was involved in a horrific cycling crash at the Commonwealth Games which sent Britain’s Matt Wells flying into the crowd and saw another rider carried off on a stretcher.
The multi-rider accident occurred in the second qualifying heat of the men’s 15km scratch qualifying, with the Isle of Man’s Matt Bostock taken away on a stretcher after also colliding with the barrier
Fortunately he didn’t land in the crowd, while Walls, 24, received treatment for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance.
British Cycling later confirmed on social media that Walls and Bostock were both taken to hospital.
England cyclist Matt Walls landed in the crowd during the final lap in the men’s 15km race, with Derek Gee (number 15) skirting close to it, with Aussie Josh Duffy (yellow jersey) and Kiwi George Jackson seen lying on the floor
Canadian rider Derek Gee also hit the top of the barrier and while he didn’t follow Walls over the top and into the crowd, he fell heavily backwards.
Duffy was left sliding across the track after the collision.
‘We send our best wishes to the riders and spectators involved in the incident and will provide a further update when we can,’ British Cycling posted on Twitter. Team England added: ‘Matt is alert and talking – as he has been throughout – and is being given medical attention in hospital.’
Spectators were also hurt after Walls and his bike had come over the top of the barriers on the high banking of the corner.
Fortunately there were no major injuries sustained by any of the spectators who were caught up in the incident
They were treated on-site by paramedics for minor injuries but incredibly, despite the horrific scenes, did not need to go to hospital.
One man received treatment for cuts to his arm while a young girl also received attention, and another member of the crowd was taken away in a wheelchair, covered in blood.
Witnesses said that, because of the gradient of the banking, spectators in the front row had no way of seeing that the cyclists were coming straight at them as a result of the crash.
Matthew Wells (top) went into the crowd by trying to avoid riders in a crash lower down. Kiwi George Jackson (black jersey) and Aussie Josh Duffy (yellow jersey) were also involved in the collision
Walls, who won Omnium gold and Madison silver at the Tokyo Olympics last year, was trying to avoid riders who had fallen in a crash lower down the banking but as he rode up, he clipped another wheel and went over the top.
The remainder of the morning session at the velodrome was cancelled and spectators were asked to leave as medical staff attended to Walls.
A Team England spokesperson said: ‘Matt is alert and talking (as he has been throughout) and is being given medical attention in hospital.’
There were children sitting in the front row when Matthew Wells went flying over the barrier during the shocking crash
England’s race team have tweeted: ‘Thoughts are with all the riders involved in the crash in the velodrome.’
Scottish Cycling said: ‘Unfortunately we have just witnessed another big crash at the velodrome. Kyle Gordon was taken down but thankfully got up and got back on this bike.
‘Our thoughts with the two riders who are receiving medical attention.’
Welsh Cycling added: ‘Sending our love and best wishes to those injured in the crash at the Velodrome today. On behalf of all of us at Welsh Cycling we hope for a speedy recovery.
‘We can confirm that Will Roberts is ok, and was not involved in the accident.’
Matthew Bostock needed to be carried away on a stretcher before being taken to hospital for closer attention
England’s star female rider Laura Kenny admitted she was so shaken up by the crash, and called for ice hockey-style clear shields to be fitted at velodromes.
Kenny watched the shocking incident involving her England team-mate from her nearby apartment, little more than three hours before she was due to compete in the points race.
‘It was horrendous and it was playing on my mind earlier,’ said Kenny after her disappointing 13th-place finish in the points race.
‘I messaged (husband) Jason and said, ‘Woah, I’m not even sure I want to do this’.
English cycling star Laura Kenny admitted she was very shaken up after watching the crash
It was the second sickening crash at the Lee Valley Velopark in as many days, after Duffy’s Aussie teammate Matthew Glaetzer was involved in a 70km/hr collision with Joe Truman that saw the English star knocked out cold while sliding across the velodrome track.
The duo were on the final lap of the keirin semi-final, when Glaetzer appeared to hit Scot Jack Carlin’s wheel.
The Aussie crashed to the floor and took Truman, who was racing directly behind, with him.
Joe Truman was knocked unconscious after colliding with Australia’s Matthew Glaetzer at around 45mph
The sickening scenes saw Truman knocked out cold and continuing to slide for another 30 metres or so while he was unconscious.
Glaetzer, while conscious, also slid for an uncomfortable amount of time across the track, and was left with his cycling uniform hanging off him after the horror crash.
Channel 7 also reported he had to have a splinter cut out of his elbow to go along with the multiple cuts, abrasions and burns on his right side.