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Mass crash causes carnage as riders and spectators injured at Commonwealth Games

Olympic champion Matt Walls at center of horror incident at men's scratch qualifiers Sunday.

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Olympic Omnium champion Matt Walls was involved in a horror crash at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday when he was catapulted over the barriers and into the crowds at London’s Lee Valley VeloPark.

The Brit was competing in the men’s scratch qualifiers when a rider low on the boards toward the front of the bunch slipped out and caused carnage behind.

Walls received treatment for more than 40 minutes before being taken away by ambulance. A spokesperson told the BBC that Walls was “alert and talking.”

Matt Bostock of the Isle of Man was also taken to hospital for tests.

“Three cyclists and two spectators have been treated by the on-site medical team,” a spokesperson said. “The three cyclists have been taken to hospital. The two spectators did not require hospital treatment.”

Spectators were hurt when Walls and his bike came over the top of the barriers on the high banking of a corner.

The 24-year-old was trying to avoid riders who fell lower down the banking but as he rode up, he clipped another wheel and went over the top.

A total of eight riders, including athletes from Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, went down and medics and coaches immediately rushed to help. One England staffer clambered up the banks to reach Walls in the crowd.

Witnesses said that because of the gradient of the banking, spectators in the front row had been unsighted for the crash. One man received treatment for cuts to his arm while a young girl also received medical attention.

The remainder of the morning session at the velodrome in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park were canceled and spectators were asked to leave as medical staff attended to Walls.

“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,” British Cycling wrote on Twitter shortly after the incident.

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

Walls won Omnium gold and Madison silver for Team GB at last year’s Tokyo Olympics. Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, and Caleb Ewan are among other top WorldTour names slated to be riding in upcoming events.

Most of the events at the Commonwealth Games are being held in Birmingham but the track cycling is taking place in London.

— AFP contributed to this report.