Brisbane man dies in rally crash, wife taken to Launceston General Hospital

A Brisbane driver has died after crashing over an embankment whereas competing within the Targa Tasmania rally occasion in a distant a part of the state’s north.

Three folks died in a tragedy throughout final 12 months’s occasion.

Police stated the 59-year-old man’s spouse and entrance seat passenger was in a position to stroll away from the crash on Olivers Street, Mount Roland, about 3.30pm on Wednesday.

A Brisbane man has died in at crash on Olivers Street, Mount Roland, about 3.30pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, throughout the Targa Tasmania rally. (Google Maps)

The spouse could be stored in Launceston General Hospital in a single day for commentary however did not have any critical or life-threatening accidents.

Police Inspector Darren Hopkins stated a crane could be wanted to retrieve the automotive, which had crashed about 20m down an embankment and are available to relaxation towards a tree.

He stated it was too early to inform what precipitated the crash and the physique was nonetheless on the scene late on Wednesday.

“It certainly is disappointing for any sporting event for something like this to happen,” he stated. 

“And I’m fully aware and was present while the safety briefing was given to all the drivers by Targa officials.

Police Inspector Darren Hopkins said a crane would be needed to retrieve the car. (9News)

“So security was harassed by way of that briefing, driving to the situations and driving to their skill.”

Inspector Hopkins said the rest of the man’s family was yet to be informed of his death and police would not yet be releasing his name.

Crash investigators were at the scene overnight and police were waiting to speak to the man’s wife, also aged 59, again on Thursday.

Inspector Hopkins said the road was wet but it wasn’t raining at the time of the crash.

The road was expected to reopen late on Wednesday night.

Rally organisers confirmed the death in a statement earlier on Wednesday. 

“The ideas of our the whole (sic) TARGA group are with our fellow competitor’s household and his family members at this extraordinarily troublesome time. We really feel deeply for all of them,” Targa Australia CEO Mark Perry said.

“We’ll work with Tasmania Police and Motorsport Australia to know the complete circumstances of the accident.

“For now, matters around Targa Tasmania for this year is part of an on-going discussion with our partners, Motorsport Australia, and we will announce more once our plans have been finalised.”

Targafest Launceston, which was set to return to the town’s CBD for the primary time in 5 years on Wednesday night time, was cancelled.

Motorsport Australia final 12 months known as for a raft of modifications to the occasion in a report following the triple tragedy.

These included protecting most speeds under 200km/h an hour and common speeds under 133km/h, in addition to eliminating or mitigating hazards off the monitor.

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