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Female spectator airlifted to hospital after North West 200 crash

A helicopter takes away the injured spectator
A helicopter takes away the injured spectator

A statement from the organisers of the massive bike race have called it a 'serious incident'.

Reports began to filter in this afternoon that a red flag had delayed the Superstock race, whoch itself had been delayed since Thursday.

Then, the organisers confirmed the reason for the delay was a crash involving three riders, and the incident also harmed a female spectator.

The statement reads: 'A crash, involving three riders, occurred on the section of the course between York Corner and Mill Road Rouandabout on the second lap of the race.

Three riders - Dean Harrison, Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger- were involved in the incident.

Dean Harrison was unhurt.

Stephen Thompson and Horst Saiger have both been taken to hospital by ambulance after being treated by the race medical team at the scene.

A female spectator was also injured in the incident and after being treated at the scene has been taken to the Royal Victoria hospital, Belfast by helicopter. 

UPDATE: 15.00

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust are now describing the woman's condition as critical.

More to follow...