Sherwood man in critical, but stable, condition following crash

Jason Malloy jmalloy@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on May 13, 2012
P.E.I.’s Tom Nicholls, left, and John MacDonald display the medals and trophy they won at the recent Commonwealth powerlifting championships in Bournemouth, England.
Submitted photo

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 www.maritimeprostocktour.com 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.