English cyclist Matt Walls seen in hospital with nasty looking bloody gash across forehead after horror crash into crowd


CYCLIST Matt Walls escaped serious injury after crashing into the crowd at the London velodrome on Sunday.

Walls, 24, flew over the barriers and into spectators in the front row – leaving one fan bleeding.

The accident, which involved multiple riders, occurred during the final lap of the Commonwealth Games men’s 15km scratch race qualifying and medical teams immediately rushed to the scene.

Matt Bostock of the Isle of Man had to be taken away on a stretcher, while English rider Walls and his bike went flying over the barriers and into the crowd.

Paramedics erected screens to shield Olympic omnium champ Walls while he received treatment and one man was taken away in a wheelchair covered in blood.

Walls ended up bloody and required stitches on his head after being rushed to hospital.

But the Olympic omnium champion was in good spirits and managed a big smile while he was in the treatment room.

Later on in the evening he tweeted: “Thank you everyone for the messages and support!

“I’ve somehow come away with no serious injures just a few stitches and pretty banged up.

“I really hope everyone else involved is ok including the spectators that may have been injured.’

Two other riders – Canadian Derek Gee and Matt Bostock of the Isle of Man – were also taken to hospital while two spectators were treated on scene.

Neither of Walsh’s parents were in attendance for the race, with his father Larry revealing his wife Lorraine ran to the velodrome after the accident.

He said: “I was watching the Games live on TV and Lorraine ran from hotel to velodrome after hearing about the crash.

“It was a horrible time but after 45 minutes, we heard Matt was conscious and Lorraine arrived at the velodrome and we could all relax.

“Lorraine and Matt’s girlfriend Fleur visited him in hospital and he was in good form and got checked out in the evening back to the hotel.”

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