City rider dies in drag race

Irfan was participating in an event at Coimbatore

City rider dies in drag race

Tragedy struck City rider Syed Irfan who died on Thursday night in Coimbatore after suffering a crash during the practice session of the JK Tyre-FMSCI National Drag Racing Championship.

According to the organisers, Irfan, riding a Yamaha 135, suffered a mechanical failure after crossing the finish line, due to which he was unable to slow down. The 28-year-old then crashed into the safety amco barriers, suffering major abdominal injuries.

“Irfan was practising when the tragic incident took place,” said AV Inder, the Competition Relationship Officer of the event. “He suffered a mechanical problem and just couldn’t break. He ploughed into the barriers at some speed.

“He suffered a major cut in the abdomen and was treated immediately at the on-site ambulance. Thereafter he was taken to GKNM Hospital where his internal bleeding was also stopped. He seemed alright and when the doctors were performing a CT scan, he suffered a major cardiac arrest. The doctors tried reviving him but they couldn’t.”

Inder said all the necessary protocols were followed. “The local cops investigated the track. A post mortem was conducted as well and they haven’t found any foul play so far. Even Irfan’s brother was at the track during the incident and we took all the necessary measures to ensure safety. It’s completely tragic what’s happened to Irfan.”

Races were not held on Friday as a mark of respect for the deceased. The action, however, resumed on Saturday and will conclude on Sunday.

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