Cameramen hurt after horror plunge from cherry picker at Hamilton racecourse
HORSE racing chiefs abandoned a major meeting yesterday after two TV cameramen plummeted 20ft from a cherry picker. The pair suffered agonising injuries after plunging onto a van when the raised platform they were perched on filming aerial views seemed to buckle.
The cameramen plunged from a cherry picker
Emergency crews were called to Hamilton Park Racecourse following the horror at around 1.35pm. Firefighters used a special high-reach appliance to rescue them from the truck roof where they’d landed, before paramedics rushed them to hospital.
Bosses took the decision to call off the day’s racing action as police launched a probe into the men’s ordeal. Clerk of the course Harriet Graham said: “In the bigger picture, racing is secondary in this situation.
The incident happened at Hamilton Park racecourse (archive pic)Credit: PA:Press Association
“A nasty accident has happened, two people are injured. We needed to call the fire service and ambulances.
It took them a long time to assess the situation and extract them.” She went on: “We held a stewards’ inquiry and the decision was made to call off racing. “The main thing is all our thoughts are with the guys who have gone to hospital for further assessment.
Let’s hope they are OK.”
The men, who work for broadcast services firm RaceTech, were overlooking the course 200 yards from the finishing post when the accident happened. A rehearsal was under way at the time ahead of races being aired live. Screens were quickly erected around the scene as the painstaking bid to save them began.
Clerk of the course Harriet Graham revealed they cancelled the day’s racingCredit: The Scottish Sun
Racing TV’s Graham Cunningham tweeted: “Prayers up for the two chaps involved.
“Police, two ambulances and fire engines all on site.” The injured men were earlier being treated at nearby Wishaw General Hospital, Lanarkshire.
Racing TV said: “We can’t speculate but our thoughts go out to them and their families.” Hamilton Park said on social media: “Unfortunately racing today has been abandoned due to an accident involving camera crew at the course.
Sending our best wishes to all involved.” Central Scotland MSP Monica Lennon tweeted: “Hoping the injuries are not serious.” RaceTech UK said: “We are awaiting further information as to the wellbeing of our operators.
A full investigation is under way.” Scottish Racing added: “Our thoughts and best wishes to the camera crew, their families and all those involved.” A spokesperson for Police Scotland said: “Inquiries are ongoing to establish the circumstances.”
The Health and Safety Executive said they were at the scene to “assist” cops.
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