Sherwood man in critical, but stable, condition following crash

Jason Malloy
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P.E.I.’s Tom Nicholls, left, and John MacDonald display the medals and trophy they won at a competition in Bournemouth, England. Nicholls was injured at Scotia Speedway on Saturday.

A Sherwood man is in critical, but stable, condition in a Halifax hospital following a crash Saturday at Scotia Speedworld.

Tom Nicholls was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre around 5 p.m. The crash occurred during an open practice at the racetrack, located near the Halifax International Airport.

“He went off the track and into the tire wall,” said Scotia Speedworld general manager Ken Cunning.

No other vehicles were involved and no one else was injured.

“We won’t know what happened until we speak to him,” Cunning said.

Officials looked at the car but could not come up with a definitive reason for the crash.

Emergency Health Services were called to the scene at 4:30 p.m. Paramedics arrived at 4:47 p.m. and called for a LifeFlight at 4:48 p.m.

"Tom’s family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and ask that their privacy be respected at this time," said a news release Sunday night from the Maritime Pro Stock Tour.

Nicholls is a well-known powerlifter, having won two world championships and many national titles. He won four gold medals at this year's Commonwealth Games in December in England.

He began his stock car racing career last year in the Street Stock class at Oyster Bed Speedway. He was looking at moving to the Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour this season, which starts Sunday, May 20 at Scotia Speedworld.

A story on said the 49-year-old man had more than 30 races tentatively scheduled between the two series.

People, who were at the track Saturday, declined to comment when contacted by The Guardian out of respect to the family.



Organizations: Halifax hospital, Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre, Halifax International Airport Health Services Commonwealth Games Parts for Trucks Scotia Speedworld.A

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  • Jackie Barrett
    May 15, 2012 - 21:20

    On behalf of the Atlantic Canadian Powerlifters, my prayers go to Tom, Gineen, and his family for Tom's speedy recovery.

  • Jeff Docherty
    May 14, 2012 - 10:39

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Tom and Gineen. Wishing you a full recovery. Stay Strong, Big Poppa!

  • RaeAnne
    May 14, 2012 - 10:34

    Thoughts and prayers are with the Nicholls family. Hope for a speedy recovery from our family to you.

  • Barry & Leigh Ogg
    May 14, 2012 - 09:53

    Tom and Gineen, Sorry to hear about the accident. Best wishes for a speedy recovery. B & L

  • Nick Murray
    May 14, 2012 - 07:59

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery Tom, from all of us at Sport PEI. We recognize the great efforts you have made for Kidsport this year and hope to see you back lifting weights and on the track again soon.....