SEF Statement

Thursday 24th August 2017

Tragedy strikes again at Queensland Raceway, first responders to a fatal speedway crash say Queensland Raceway had broken first aid equipment, ran out of fire extinguishers and were too slow to respond.

Two men have been killed at the Queensland Raceway situated near Ipswich, Brisbane, the men where 32 and 41 both had young families, the incident occurred on Saturday 19th August their car a Holden CV8 Monaro Turbo left the circuit and hit a concrete wall causing the car to burst into flames, onlookers included there family and friends.

This is the 3rd such incident at Queensland Raceway in the last 3 years, Sean lost his life in 2013 and then last year club racer Dennis Smith also lost his life, sources say emergency equipment either wasn’t working correctly or was not provided, not only did they run out of fire extinguishers which hampered pulling the men out from the wreckage, but their first aid knowledge was lacking in a trauma aspect and their equipment also, as there was no rebreather mask, the first defibrillator they provided did not work.

Queensland Raceway officials have quashed the claims of a sluggish response from emergency crews, Queensland Raceway chief executive John Tetley declined to comment but referred to a statement issued on Sunday.

‘It said about 90 kilograms of fire retardant was used after the driver and passenger had been extricated. The Roll Racing event, which involves racing modified street cars, is not overseen by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).

CAMS took part in developing recommendations for Queensland Raceway following the death of Sean in 2013, at the request of deputy state coroner John Lock. It is not known if those recommendations have been implemented, and questions about this to Queensland Raceway have not been answered.

Daphne McKinley-Edwards, Founder & Chairman of the Foundation stated, “Having been through this I feel for the families put through this needlessly, preventable tragedy. There have been 4 deaths in 3 years on the same circuit, how many more will it take for the Queensland government, the International racing community, and most importantly, Queensland Raceway, to take the lives of drivers seriously? Sean’s inquest spelled out the track and safety issues that need addressing. No one can credibly claim there was nothing to be done, the similarities between this tragedy and the one that killed my son, jammed throttle, concrete walls and questions over emergency response preparedness cannot be ignored, my heart goes out to both families and loved ones at this extremely sad time”.

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