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Welsh Grand National winning trainer Sam Thomas and popular owner Dai Walters were reportedly involved in a helicopter crash on Tuesday night. Five people were involved within the incident, with Walters remaining in hospital with ‘serious injuries’.

In response to Sky Sports Racing, Walters is the one person involved within the accident to still be in hospital, though he’s conscious and undergoing tests from doctors. Thomas, who broke into the horse racing scene as a jockey, returned home with ‘minor injuries’, in addition to the opposite three unnamed people involved within the incident.

The helicopter crashed into the woodlands area in Denbigshire at roughly 5.30pm, with quite a few ambulances and fire engines racing to the scene. A spokesperson for the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said: “An accident near Ruthin, North Wales involving a helicopter has been notified to the AAIB.

“An investigation has been launched and a team of inspectors are on the accident site.” Walters is a big supporter of racing and has quite a few horses which can be trained by Thomas, including the talented Good Risk At All.

Thomas and Walters had a runner on Tuesday at Warwick, with Skytastic coming home a 64-length last on 4 within the Class 3 contest, and the owner also owned Great Snow, who raced on the track too for trainer Neil Mulholland – coming sixth of 16.

Inspector David Cust from North Wales Police said: “Officers attended alongside colleagues from Welsh Ambulance and North Wales Fire and Rescue as a part of a joint emergency response. All of the occupants have been accounted for, with 4 people having been taken to hospitals across the realm. Not one of the injuries are regarded as life-threatening or life-changing at the moment.”

Nearby residents within the local area have spoken in regards to the crash and the way the vehicle was visibly ‘in trouble’; Huw Howatson, who watched the accident, told the BBC: “I watched it occur and I used to be filming the helicopter. I could see it was in trouble and it hit some trees and I needed to get out the way in which.

“A chunk of propeller got here away. We needed to scarper because there was a number of debris, it was just flying in all places – it was like a movie.” Horse racing fans have flocked to social media to send their best wishes to all involved within the incident and are hoping for more positive news on the condition of Walters as time goes on.

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