Chuckwagon crashes during Thursday’s races at Calgary Stampede

Crash during heat 7 of the Rangeland Derby at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary on Thursday, July 11, 2019. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

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A chuckwagon collided into a railing during Thursday’s chuckwagon races at the Calgary Stampede.

It was not immediately known how many horses were injured. Driver Evan Salmond was not hurt.

During the seventh heat, Salmond was cut off by competitor Chad Harden almost halfway down the east straightway after the second turn. Salmond’s outfit then collided with the railing.

Harden was penalized for wagon interference, fined $10,000 and suspended for two performances.

People rushed to the site of the incident to tend to the scene.

Two horses have died so far this week at the Rangeland Derby.

One steed belonging to driver Obrey Motowylo was euthanized following an injury sustained during the second heat of Wednesday’s chuckwagon races.

The Stampede said the horse was assessed by a veterinarian, who determined it suffered a fractured left front radius.

“It was determined there was no option for treatment and the horse was euthanized,” the Stampede said in a statement. “This type of injury is known in racing horses.”

Another chuckwagon horse died of “a serious internal medical condition” after falling to the track during Monday’s races.

More to come …

With files from Sammy Hudes and Laurence Heinen

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