Man dies after accident at motocross track
AN investigation has been launched after a 32-year-old man died in a motocross accident in Mepal on Sunday.
Tom Smith is understood to have been involved in a collision while taking part in a competition at the Mepal Moto Park, on Block Fen, at about 12.45pm.
Ambulance and Magpas Helimedix crews attended the scene.
A spokesman for Magpas said: “The Magpas Helimedix team arrived at Mepal, to treat a man in his 30s who was involved in a motor bike collision.
“Tragically, the patient died despite the best efforts of the Magpas team and all emergency services on scene. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”
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It is believed that Smith was a married farm worker who came from Crawley in Sussex. He had travelled to Mepal to take part in an event with dozens of other riders from across the region.
A spokesman for Fenland District Council (FDC) confirmed that the authority’s Environmental Health team would be conducting a joint investigation with Cambridgeshire police into the circumstances around the incident.
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According to FDC, Mepal Motopark operates under the ‘14-day rule’, which permits them to a limited amount of racing every year. An application was entered last summer in a bid to extent its permission but the council said the plans were incomplete and the plans were rebuffed.
It is understood that a new application has been entered by organisers at the Moto Park and will be considered by FDC in February.
On social networking site Facebook, a page dedicated to the memory of the motocross rider has already attracted almost 3,500 followers.
A tribute posted by friend Rich Troth said: “Tom was a real genuine bloke who was not only a great customer of Teamsnapper but became a good friend of myself and Kaka and will be sorely missed not only for his genial manner but also for his fantastic exciting style of riding a bike.”
Family member Luke Smith said: “He was a great person and anyone knew him would agree that he was a pleasure to be around.”
Ed Cudlipp added: “Rest in peace buddy, you were a great rider and will stay in the thoughts of many motocrossers!”