Top jumps jockey Matt Griffiths in 'stable but critical' condition as fatal car crash leaves him in hospital

Top jumps jockey Matt Griffiths in 'stable but critical' condition as fatal car crash leaves him in hospital

TOP jockey Matt Griffiths remains in hospital after he was involved in a fatal car crash on Sunday.

Griffiths is reportedly in a 'stable but critical condition' after he was rushed to intensive care after the smash.

The jockey, 31, was travelling near Exmoor in Somerset when the accident occurred and was quickly whisked off to a local hospital.

A statement released by the Injured Jockeys' Fund said: "There was a fatal car accident yesterday near Exford on Exmoor.

"National Hunt jockey Matt Griffiths was involved in this and having been taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol is now in a stable but critical condition.

"His family have asked for privacy at this difficult time."

Avon and Somerset Police are appealing for witness to the accident and said in a statement: "We’re investigating a single vehicle fatal collision which happened on the B3224 at Exford on Sunday.

"At about 8.45pm, a BMW 430 with two occupants was in collision with a tree. The passenger, a 27-year-old man, sadly died at the scene from his injuries.

"The driver, a 31-year-old man, suffered a serious head injury and was taken to hospital. The road was closed while an investigation was carried out at the scene, and re-opened at just after 4.30am on Monday."

Griffiths enjoyed a breakthrough season last year as he partnered Jeremy Scott's Dashel Drasher to a Grade 1 win and earlier in the season finished second in the Welsh Grand National.


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Griffiths – who overcame a fear of horses to ride at the top level – is stable jockey at Scott's Somerset yard and last rode at Worcester on September 28.

He had been booked to ride at Chepstow's jumps season opener this Friday.


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