England cyclist Matt Walls in horror crash as he flies into crowd and leaves fan covered in blood at Commonwealth Games


ENGLAND cyclist Matt Walls suffered a horror Commonwealth Games crash as he smashed into the crowd, leaving a fan covered in blood.

The accident occurred during the final lap in the men’s 15km scratch race qualifying and medical teams immediately rushed onto the track.

Matt Bostock of the Isle of Man had to be taken away on a stretcher, while England’s Walls was the rider who landed in the crowd.

Paramedics put up screens to shield Walls and one fan was taken away in a wheelchair covered in blood.

A young girl was also being seen by medics for a cut on her arm.

Following the collision, the morning session was abandoned and the Velodrome was cleared of fans.

Only one sprint race was to come before a break as Walls was preparing to leave in an ambulance as he wore an oxygen mask.

Two Canadian riders, Derek Gee and Mathias Guillemette, have been disqualified.

British cycling tweeted: “Following a crash in the men’s scratch, Matt Walls & Matt Bostock are being treated by medics before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

“We send our best wishes to the riders and spectators involved in the incident, and will provide a further update when we can.”

England’s race team added: “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.”

Following a crash in the men’s scratch, Matt Walls & Matt Bostock are being treated by medics before being taken to hospital for further treatment.

Walls, 24, won Olympic gold in the men’s omnium event at last year’s summer Games in Tokyo.

The Oldham-based athlete was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for services to cycling.

Walls is understood to be alert and talking while receiving medical attention in hospital.

Spectators inside were left in shock following the terrifying pile up.

One said: “I’ve just witnessed the most horrific crash.

“Cyclist Matt Walls went off the velodrome track into the crowd, close to were we were sitting with our baby.

“I’m in shock. My thoughts are with the cyclists. I really hope they’re okay.”

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