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Three Wakefield Wildcats players injured in road crash

Published 27/08/2016

Chris Annakin was among the players injured in the crash on Friday afternoon
Chris Annakin was among the players injured in the crash on Friday afternoon

Three rugby players have been treated in hospital after the car they were travelling in was involved in a collision.

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats players Chris Annakin, 25, Danny Kirmond, 30, and Richard Owen, 26, were involved in the crash in the Heath area of Wakefield, West Yorkshire, at about 3.45pm on Friday.

The club said the three men were taken to hospital with injuries which are not life-threatening.

It is believed Annakin suffered a dislocated hip in the crash, Owen suffered a neck injury, and Kirmond was treated for cuts to his arms and legs.

In a statement, a spokesman for the rugby league team said: " The club are aware of a road traffic accident that occurred at approximately 4pm in the Heath Common area yesterday.

"Three players, Chris Annakin, Danny Kirmond and Richard Owen, were involved in the accident, and all remained overnight in hospital with various injuries, although none are life-threatening.

"Police and ambulance staff attended the scene and the club are liaising with them to ascertain exactly what occurred.

"We hope everyone will wish the players a speedy recovery and respect their privacy at this time."

West Yorkshire Police said they received a call reporting that a black Subaru Forester estate appeared to have been in collision with a tree on Black Road in Heath.

A force spokesman said: "A 26-year-old male suffered a neck injury and was taken to hospital, a 30-year-old male also attended hospital for cuts to his arms and legs and a 25-year-old male was later found to have suffered a dislocated hip."

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision, including a cyclist who is believed to have been on the road at the time.

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