Track cycling at the Commonwealth Games was scrapped after a horrific crash.
A cyclist and his bike were catapulted over the barrier and into the crowd in a devastating incident that saw several riders fall in a sickening scene during qualifying for the men’s 15km scratch race at the Lee Valley Velodrome
Medical staff rushed to the area and were seen treating England’s Matt Walls and spectators in the crowd.
The Olympic omnium champion was treated for more than 40 minutes before being rushed to hospital by ambulance, British Cycling has confirmed.
Officials were seen installing privacy screens around the area where Walls was being treated. He was seen with an oxygen mask held to his mouth.
England’s Commonwealth Games team then provided a positive update.
“Matt is alert and talking (as he always has been) and is receiving medical attention at the hospital,” the team statement read.
The 24-year-old was trying to avoid riders who had crashed lower on the bank, but as he climbed he clipped another wheel and went over it.
Witnesses said that due to the steepness of the incline, spectators in the front row were not seen during the accident. A man was treated for cuts on his arm while a young girl also received medical treatment.
As Walls was picked up in the crowd, Isle of Man racer Matt Bostock was carried off on a stretcher.
The Sun Herald reports that a spectator was carried away in a wheelchair covered in blood.
Inside the games journalist Michael Houston wrote on Twitter that there were “a lot of clueless people”.
The session was dropped moments later with another event still scheduled.
Officials then began to evacuate spectators from the stadium.
The Isle of Man Commonwealth Games team later confirmed that Bostock had been taken to hospital.
England’s Commonwealth Games team have released an opening statement sending their best wishes to everyone involved.
“Following an accident during the men’s scratch race, Matt Walls was taken to hospital for precautionary checks,” the statement read.
“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 also tweeted: “Thoughts are with all the riders involved in the velodrome accident.”
Originally published as Horrific crowd biking crash rocks Commonwealth Games