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King’s Lynn speedway rider in hospital after serious accident in Swindon

11:21 04 April 2014

Darryl Ritchings in action for the King

Darryl Ritchings in action for the King's Lynn Young Stars.

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Speedway rider Darryl Ritchings has this morning been transferred to an Oxford hospital for specialist treatment following a horrendous crash in Swindon last night.

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The teenager, who competes for the King’s Lynn Young Stars in the National League, was in action for his hometown Elite League club Swindon Robins when he had the terrible accident.

The 19-year-old left the track in an ambulance after he hit the fence on the straight, a metre before the start of the airbag, and was knocked unconscious during only the second race of the evening. Ritchings was taken to hospital, where he spent the night, and has now been moved to nearby Oxford.

A statement from the Stars said: “King’s Lynn ‘Fusion Clothing’ Young Stars rider Darryl Ritchings has been injured while racing for Elite side Swindon last night.

“Young Stars manager Dale Allitt is in contact with Darryl’s girlfriend Shelby about the racer’s condition. Once more information is available, further updates will be posted online.

“Everyone connected with King’s Lynn Speedway sends their best wishes to Darryl and his family.”

The father-of-one’s sustained serious injuries including a broken nose and ankle as a result of the incident which forced the meeting to be delayed for 35 minutes.

Last night’s 15-heat fixture was cut to only 10 races after poor weather and visibilty was judged to have made the track unraceable. Coventry Bees were winning 36-26 at the time.

Ritchings rode at Lynn’s Norfolk Arena just 24 hours prior to the incident in Wiltshire.

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