Chuckwagon driver tumbles under wheels at Calgary Stampede, breaking clavicle


A chuckwagon driver was injured at the Calgary Stampede during the GMC Rangeland Derby on Tuesday night when he was run over by his own rig after falling out just as the race got going.


Obrey Motowylo required medical attention and was taken off the track by ambulance, the Stampede said in a release.

This still image capture from the video shows the moment Obrey Motowylo, at the bottom of the screen in a yellow jacket, begins to fall out of the wagon at the start of the eighth heat. (CBC Sports)

This still image from the video of the eighth heat of the Rangeland Derby on Tuesday night shows driver Obrey Motowylo, in a yellow jacket, lying on the ground after falling out of his wagon and appearing to be run over by it. (CBC Sports)

The accident happened during the eighth of nine heats.

It appeared from the video that Motowylo fell out of his wagon shortly after the start of the race and was then run over by his own wagon.

Officials moved the veteran driver off the track as he would have been in the path of the other three rigs as they raced toward the finish line about minute later.

Hospital officials in conjunction with the Calgary Stampede say that Motowylo suffered a broken clavicle and is being tested for possible back injuries.

Motowylo is a father of two who runs a farm and a ranch northwest of Red Deer.

He’s a chuckwagon veteran, now in his 15th season of racing. In last year’s Calgary Stampede championships, he placed second overall.

Obrey Motowylo was taken off the track by ambulance after an accident during the GMC Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon Races on Tuesday night. (Vernon J. Chiefmoon/Facebook)