Stampede reviews crash

SCOTT FISHER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

The Calgary Stampede is taking steps to ensure the Rangeland Derby does not turn into a demolition derby -- as it did this summer.

The Stampede announced yesterday that it's created an internal review committee to analyze the July 14 wreck.

The crash killed three horses and sent driver Tyler Helmig to hospital with serious injuries.

Fellow- driver Kelly Sutherland was suspended the following day for unsafe driving that triggered the wreck.

Dr. David Chalak, a veterinarian and vice-chairman of the Stampede board, will serve as chairman of the review committee.

Chalak said yesterday that increased safety is the ultimate goal.

"The Stampede is proud to present the world's premier chuckwagon championship," he said.

"As entertaining as these races are, our top priority has to be the safety of everyone involved."

Two-time Rangeland Derby champion driver Dallas Dorchester will also be on the committee, along with chuckwagon chairman Scott Postlewaite and vice-president of agriculture and western events Mike Whittle.

Stan Church and Ron Carey will also site on the committee.

The committee will investigate all the circumstances leading to the crash, which sent Helmig to hospital with a broken hip and other injuries.

The review begins Oct. 2 and is expected to take two to three months.

The final report will be made public.


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