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Valley of the Sun stage race Automobile crashes into lead group

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Old 02-11-12, 08:16 PM
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Valley of the Sun stage race Automobile crashes into lead group

Anyone have any more details on the valley of the sun stage race accident today? reports from Kenda racings facebook post said a car backed into the lead group of the race injuring alot of riders including on who had to be flew out and the leader of the stage race who was a Kenda team member from what i gathered. I was wandering if anyone had more details on condition of riders and what took place exactly as i got it from their post.

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Murphy is out of the hospital. 2 fractures/breaks to his hand. He is already asking to be back on a bike by Monday. He will be ready for camp in 2 weeks.

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Yesterday's podium at @Valley of the Sun stage race. Murphy seen here in leader jersey entered day with hopes of moving closer to overall win before being struck by a car. He is a tough man, and will bounce right back.

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It appears someone from the @Valley of the Sun crash was air lifted from scene, too. Put them in your thoughts and prayers as well.

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Car backs into leaders at @Valley of the Sun stage race and hits leaders. Many riders went down and Murphy is now at ER with possible broken hand. We will keep you posted. Put him in your thoughts and pray for no broken bones. Bad way to lose a race.
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Old 02-11-12, 09:25 PM
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Hi,

My Twitter feed has some live reports.

I was about 100 yards from the crash. I raced 55+ earlier in the day and my teammate was in the 45+ race that was concurrent with the Pro/1 race. Somehow (more than one person said that a race official or a highway patrol guy waved her on to the course) a woman was on the course between the break and the field. She was driving somewhat slowly and when the field caught her she panicked and stopped. Five guys needed medical attention. I never went to the crash site because there were plenty of people there, including the appropriate professionals. A bunch of ambulances and EMTs showed up and the road was completely blocked. All of the races were stopped (temporarily as it turned out).

I saw the helicopter circling but they couldn't find a safe place to land nearby. No one was sure if the helicopter landed elsewhere to meet an ambulance. Three were definitely transported by ambulance and 1 guy got a ride by car to the hospital. One guy went through the woman's rear window and her car was damaged to the point where she couldn't drive it. I know this because they brought her to the RV that was parked next to me. She was distraught to say the least and IF she really was waved on to the course then I feel sorry for her.

I'm sure I'll get slammed for this comment but if you're leading a large pack and you come upon a car on a 2-lane road with no shoulder with the centerline rule in effect, why try to pass the car? She told the RV owner that she panicked when bikes started passing her on both sides of her car.

IMHO, the majority of the cause was whomever waved her on to the course (if that report is correct). The pack contributed by trying to pass her and she contributed by panicking and stopping.

In the end, there was over a 1 hour delay and all races restarted with their total distance shortened by 1 lap (16 miles).
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I was in the break and we had no time to react. The move was just forming and we came out of that corner at about 35mph and had to veer hard to the right to get around the car. My teammate went down in the crash (he's fine) and said that he didn't even see the car until it was too late.
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Hi esammuli,

I wasn't there and you were. I got my information third-hand from someone whose teammate crashed. Apologies if I've related the incident improperly.

I saw the group coming out of turn 1 and your pack was flying.

I would still like to know exactly how she got out there. Also hoping that all involved recover quickly.
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I had a lot of friends in that race, some of whom went down. It's a shame what happened, and still can't really believe it.
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Do you have any word on the injuries?
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I have a friend and ex-teammate who was in a chase car at the scene. He mentioned pretty much as above. I haven't heard what happened to the guy who went through the windshield. It wasn't the Kenda guy was it? I think it was someone else but I can't find any info.

Crazy happenings at an otherwise great race.
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The guy who went through the back of the car has a fractured back and a broken foot. (in three places)
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I've had cars show up on "closed" courses on several occasions; last time was at the TT at Master's Nats. It's pretty jarring because you turn off the part of your brain that looks for moving hazards, and the second or two of mitigation is lost also.

Last year at VOS we had a loser ride his bike across the front of our crit pack. Big wad up. I double flatted so I missed it.

Thoughts are with the folks who got hurt.
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Originally Posted by Cleave View Post
In the end, there was over a 1 hour delay and all races restarted with their total distance shortened by 1 lap (16 miles).
In the interest of accuracy, the races were shortened two laps, or at least, the cat 3's were, and my understanding as the officials indicated that all races would be as well. We sat at the start line for about an hour, so it made sense.

Also, the rider "in the rear window" was from a Pactimo sponsored team, "Haus" something or other. Here's his teammates helping him out (maybe not best decision, due to possible neck injuries).
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