Broken back, neck for Simpson racer

Simpson speedway driver Matty Symons is recovering in a Melbourne hospital after breaking his neck and back at a Warrnambool race meet on Sunday night.

The family of Simpson’s Matty Symons say the speedway driver’s injuries “could’ve been a lot worse” despite suffering a broken neck and back in a horrific crash.

The 23-year-old remained in a Melbourne hospital yesterday in a stable condition following an incident during the final round of the wingless sprints Summer Slam series at Warrnambool on Sunday night.

Symons was airlifted to Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital in the early hours of Monday morning after scans revealed he suffered the serious injuries.

Symons’ dad and Simpson Speedway president Alan Symons said Matty remained upbeat despite the setback, which is set to keep the steel abricator by trade out of action for “a couple of months.”

“He’s got a broken neck and a broken back,” Alan said.

“He’s got feeling in his hands and his feet and all, it’ll be a very long recovery, but it could’ve been a lot worse.

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