Five cyclists have been taken to hospital after what organisers termed the worst crash in the history of the Manhattan Beach Grand Prix cycling race on Sunday. One official said "I've been here for 25 years and can't remember one that bad."
The accident occurred during the first race of the event, at 07.45am, when several competitors collided and caused a pile-up that involved more than 20 riders. "I heard what sounded like an explosion and saw bodies lying all over Valley," said race Operations Director Bob Jones.
Several riders hit the metal barricades with sufficient force to bend them. 35-year-old Rudy Ordaz sustained the worst injuries of those involved, including deep lacerations to his face caused by his spectacles and an unspecified injury to his leg.