A MOTORCYCLIST was killed and two others were seriously injured in a horror crash at Oulton Park race track.
Five motorcyclists taking part in a track day crashed shortly before 10.45am on Saturday.
Police and paramedics were called to the track and have confirmed a 52-year-old man died at the scene. His next of kin have been informed.
Two other men suffered serious spinal injuries and were flown by air ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and Wythenshawe Hospital. A fourth man sustained minor injuries and was taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital by ambulance.
Police and Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) are now investigating the crash at the circuit, which is near Tarporley.
A police spokesman said: “The local authority health and safety have been made aware.”
St Albans-based No Limits Trackdays organised the track day and the company has issued a statement expressing its condolences following the crash.
It read: “It’s with the deepest of sorrows No Limits Trackdays are tasked with the duty to confirm that the incident involving five bikes at Oulton Park has resulted in the death of one of our customers.
“A further two riders are critical but their injuries not thought to be life-threatening.
“We offer the family and friends of the deceased rider our sincere condolences.”
The firm said the crash happened at turn 13 when two riders collided and both they and their bikes were left on the track with a group of following riders colliding with the bikes. The track day was cancelled following the crash.
No Limits Trackdays described the crash as a “freak accident” and said it was the first time the company had experienced a serious crash involving so many riders.
“We are working with the authorities and circuit to bring the facts of this matter as soon as possible,” read the statement.
“A huge thank you to all our staff, instructors, marshals, paramedics and emergency services that performed with professionalism under such extreme duress and to all the customers who understood the difficult decision taken to cancel the day due to the severity of the matter and took the news of the cancelled day in their stride.”
No Limits Trackdays said the company was planning to organise a tribute fundraising event for the family of the motorcyclist who was killed.
CWaC spokesman Ian Callister said: “We will be working closely with the police and the coroner to investigate the cause of the accident.”