Successful harness racing family injured in ‘freak accident’ at track – Sydney Morning Herald

"There was a mobile failure ... (the starting gate) wiped out the outside fence just past the closest stable block to the track, " he said. "There was small stand there and the Whitakers happened to be there and they copped it. "It's a freak accident ... a one in 10, 000 incident." Mr Smith said Mr Whitaker had notched up hundreds of wins during his harness racing career. Mrs Whitaker was the Marburg Pacing Association treasurer until last year when she stepped down to spend more time with her family. The police forensic crash unit and Workplace Health and Safety Queensland are investigating. Mr Smith welcomed the move, saying "it’s an incident that requires a thorough investigation and we need to take steps to try and minimise the risk even further". The starting car at Redcliffe Paceway on Sunday night, with retractable gates either side.Credit:The Today Show - Twitter Racing Queensland chief executive Brendan Parnell said the races scheduled for Wednesday at Redcliffe Paceway had been called off. "Our utmost concern is for the impacted family, " he said. "It is imperative that we provide our support to the family, as well as ....

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