Isle of Man TT rider Jonathan Howarth discharged after crash

Crash scene at the Isle of Man TT on Friday Manx Radio reporter David Harrison said the crash had caused "panic"

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The rider of a motorcycle which crashed into spectators during the Isle of Man's Senior TT race on Friday has been discharged from hospital.

Barnsley man Jonathan Howarth suffered a minor fracture after crashing on Bray Hill near the start of the opening lap.

Ten spectators were injured in the incident. Five remain in hospital with one described as having a "serious" injury, an ACU Events spokesman said.

He added that all those injured had been visitors to the island.

Manx Radio reporter David Harrison, who was also a spectator, said the rider's bike completely disintegrated in the crash.

"The wheel and the petrol tank of the bike flew straight across the road - it actually came over my head, only yards away from us," he said.

"Everyone ducked and screamed and ran away in the panic."

Bray Hill is one of the most popular vantage points for TT spectators.

The race, which was halted following the crash, restarted and was won by Morecambe's John McGuinness who set a new race record in claiming his 20th TT triumph.

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