ACT Policing and Summernats have each issued statements confirming a 30-year-old man who was involved in a single vehicle incident at the event on Thursday afternoon has died as a result of his injuries.
The incident took place on site at EPIC around 4pm on Thursday. Police are appealing for any witnesses to call them on 131 444.
It is understood that the man died after falling from the back of a ute during the cruise route. Summernats has now banned all attendees from riding in the back of utility vehicles.
ACT Policing said in a Facebook post:
“Sadly, a man has died following a single vehicle incident at Summernats.
The incident occurred yesterday at approximately 4.00pm within Exhibition Park. The 30-year-old man was taken to hospital and has today died as a result of injuries sustained at the scene.
Police are examining the circumstances surrounding the incident and urge any witnesses or anyone who may have footage or information to contact ACT Policing on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Please keep the family and friends involved in this incident in mind and carefully consider your comments before posting.
Summernats has issued a statement, also via Facebook, saying:
“Yesterday at approximately 4pm there was a single vehicle incident inside Exhibition Park.
An ACT Ambulance Service vehicle based on site responded to the incident as did ACT Police.
A 30 year old male was transported to Canberra hospital, and has this afternoon passed away in hospital.
The ACT Policing’s Collison Investigation and Reconstruction Team are currently examining the circumstances around the incident.
The Summernats team offer their deepest condolences to family and friends of those involved.”
Our condolences to those affected as well, we’ll share more news as it comes to hand.