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Calgary motorcyclist killed in Castrol Raceway crash

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WATCH: A Calgary motorcylist has died following a crash at Castrol Raceway south of Edmonton on Sunday. It's the first death at the facility since it opened. Tracy Nagai has more – Sep 3, 2018

A motorcycle racer died after being involved in a collision at Castrol Raceway on Sunday.

AHS said the man was assessed at the track before being transported to hospital in critical, life-threatening condition.

On Monday, Leduc RCMP said the motorcyclist died in hospital.

“The incident happened at the beginning of the straight away, the long straight, right at the very beginning,” Castrol Raceway president Rob Reeves said. “I’m not sure if there was any contact with another bike or anything because I wasn’t at the scene.”

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Castrol Raceway in Nisku, Alta., Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Vinesh Pratap, Global News
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Castrol Raceway in Nisku, Alta, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Vinesh Pratap, Global News

AHS said EMS was called to the track at around 12:40 p.m. on Sunday.

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“I got a call roughly 1:30-2:00 p.m. that someone had been hurt. Our own ambulances were on site and they’re on site all the time and then the [Leduc] County ambulances and fire rescue came in as well,” Reeves said.

Watch below: A motorcycle racer died after being involved in a collision at the Castrol Raceway south of Edmonton on the weekend. Vinesh Pratap reports.

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Motorcyclist killed in Castrol Raceway crash – Sep 3, 2018

The Edmonton Motorcycle Roadracing Association (EMRA) confirmed the victim is Sean Henderson of Calgary.

“He was an experienced rider, a great rider, never had any issues on track, just a great guy to be riding around,” EMRA president Jon Bullee.

In a Facebook post on Monday, the association sent its condolences to Henderson’s teammates, family and friends.

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“Right now, we’re just trying to support Sean’s family as best we can, try to respect their privacy as best we can,” Bullee said.

“The community is really tight so they definitely all know Sean. Everyone knows him as an incredible human being.”

Bullee said it was the association’s final race of the season.

Police said they’re continuing to investigate the fatal collision and an autopsy will be performed by the Office of the Medical Examiner in Edmonton.

“Every event we have a crash rescue crew, plus an ambulance for every single race,” Reeves said. “We have a permanent company that comes in so we have medical assistance if it’s need.”

Reeves said it’s the first fatality at the track in its 25 year history.

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Castrol Raceway is located near the Edmonton International Airport.

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