Family at critically ill rider's bedside

Published Sunday, 18 May 2014
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The family of English rider Simon Andrews are at his bedside in hospital where he remains in a critical condition after crashing at the North West 200 on Saturday.

Family at critically ill rider's bedside
Englishman Simon Andrews is critically ill following a crash at Saturday's race. (© Pacemaker)

The incident happened at the approach to Metropole during the Superstock race at about 3.30pm.

Andrews was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where he is receiving treatment for injuries which have been described as critical.

A short statement issued by the organisers of the North West 200 said the rider remains in a critical condition on Sunday and his family are with him in intensive care.

It said: "Simon Andrews' family are at his bedside in the Intensive Care unit of the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast where he remains in a critical condition following his crash in the Superstock race at yesterday's Vauxhall International North West 200."

Saturday's incident came after Frenchman Franck Petricola had to be airlifted from the North Coast after the collision during the Superstock practice session earlier this week.

He was also in a critical condition and has been receiving treatment at the RVH.

© UTV News
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11 Comments
Kajira in Australia wrote (67 days ago):
I watched as many of the races as I could from Australia, considering they where in the early am for me. But still, so few accidents happen. It's a crying shame when you see something like this happen. But the riders know, there's a certain risk when they stride bikes running the speeds with the power these machines have. There love of riding / racing is what brings fans like myself and millions of others back year after year. My thoughts go out to all family friends and supporters left behind by this remarkable young man. kajira
joel in Ballykelly wrote (67 days ago):
Rip mate u die what u love doing . One more hero gone
jeff hoskins in north lincs wrote (67 days ago):
My thoughts and good wishes are with you and your family at this time, wishing you a speedy recovery and return to what you love, get well soon, jeff
Ricky in East Antrim wrote (67 days ago):
Horrific crash ! I truly hope Simon makes a full recovery soon, he's had so much bad luck and injuries over the last few years and now this. Its a great sport and the riders and spectators know the risks involved, so please don't jump on the moral bandwagon like everyone else who knows nothing about motorcycle racing. There are more deaths and injuries every year in horse racing and equestrian sports, but no-one is calling for them to be banned. Motorcycle racing is a noble sport, entered by brave and talented men and women. Don't knock it if you know nothing about it !!
bartman in belfast wrote (67 days ago):
should be banned,crazy crazy thing to do.
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