England cyclist Matt Walls in horror crash as he flies into crowds and leaves fan covered in blood at Commonwealth Games
ENGLAND cyclist Matt Walls suffered a horror crash at the Commonwealth Games as he crashed into the crowd, leaving a fan covered in blood.
The crash happened on the final lap of qualifying for the men’s 15km scratch race and medical teams immediately rushed to the track.
The Isle of Man’s Matt Bostock had to be taken out on a stretcher, while England’s Walls was the runner who landed in the crowd.
Paramedics installed screens to protect the walls and a ventilator was wheeled away in a blood-covered wheelchair.
A young girl was also seen by doctors for a cut on her arm.
Following the collision, the morning session was abandoned and the Velodrome was emptied of its fans.
Only one sprint race was due to take place before a break as Walls prepared to leave in an ambulance while wearing an oxygen mask.
Two Canadian riders, Derek Gee and Mathias Guillemette, were disqualified.
British Cycling tweeted: “Following an accident in the men’s scratch, Matt Walls and Matt Bostock are being treated by doctors 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.”
The England racing team added: “Thoughts are with all the riders involved in the velodrome accident.”
Scottish Cycling said: “Unfortunately we have just had another big accident at the velodrome.
“Kyle Gordon got shot but luckily got up and got back on that bike.
“Our thoughts with the two riders who are receiving medical attention”
Welsh Cycling added: “Let’s send our love and best wishes to those injured in the accident 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 fine and was not involved in the accident.”
Following a fall in the men’s scratch, Matt Walls and Matt Bostock are treated by doctors 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 received an MBE in the New Year Honors list for his services to cycling.
Walls is believed to be alert and talking while receiving medical attention at the hospital.
Onlookers inside were left in shock at the terrifying pile-up.
One said: “I have just witnessed the most horrific accident.
“Cyclist Matt Walls came off the velodrome track into the crowd, near where we were sitting with our baby.
“I am in shock. My thoughts are with the cyclists. I really hope they are well.”