Steve Mercer flown to Liverpool hospital after course car incident

Steve Mercer has been flown to a second hospital for further treatment following an incident involving a course car during Wednesday's Isle of Man TT practice

Steve Mercer flown to Liverpool hospital after course car incident

The transfer, which has taken Mercer away from the Isle of Man to a hospital in Liverpool, was confirmed by his Jackson Racing team.

Wednesday's running was given a full course red flag 10 minutes in the opening Superbike/Superstock/Supersport session for an incident at Churchtown, which required the fire service after a tree was set ablaze.

It was later revealed that the Churchtown incident involved Manxman Dan Kneen, who died at the scene.

After a wait of around 30 minutes, the riders started to make their way back to the grandstand start/finish area, where another incident at the Ballacrye section occurred between Mercer and a course car, which was on its way to Kneen's accident.

In a Facebook statement, Jackson Racing paid tribute to Kneen, who was due to ride for them in the Supersport races, and confirmed Mercer had been transferred from Nobles hospital, where he was taken last night for further treatment.

"I'm not too sure what to say really. Heartbroken, numb and in disbelief are a few words that come to mind," the statement read.

"It's been one of the toughest days to deal with for myself and the whole team.

"Dan was a great sportsman, a true professional, always full of laughter and sarcasm, his style was unique on a bike. 2018 was set to be his year!

"He fitted straight in with the team and had a bright future in front of him, the world is a sadder place without you.

"Our thoughts are with Richard, Ryan, Leanne and the rest of Dan's family and friends.

"Our thoughts are also with Steve, Caroline, Daniel, Alex and family.

"Steve got flown off island late last night to receive further assessments and treatment following an incident on his way back to the grandstand.

"Get well soon Geezer!"

Mercer's wife Caroline wrote on socal media that he had sustained, "serious injuries this evening following an accident on the way back to the Grandstand".

She continued: "He has been flown to Liverpool this evening [Wednesday] where he will be assessed further to ascertain the full extent of his injuries."

An investigation has been opened into how the Mercer incident happened, but no further updates have been given.

TT event organiser ACU Events Ltd issued an update regarding Mercer's condition at 1230 on Thursday afternoon, stating Mercer is in a "critical but stable condition after being transferred from the Isle of Man to Liverpool".

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