Serious crash at Targa Rally

A rescue helicopter from Dunedin was sent to the crash site. Photo: ODT files
A rescue helicopter from Dunedin was sent to the crash site. Photo: ODT files

Two people have been hurt - one seriously - at the Targa Rally in South Otago this afternoon, police say.

Emergency services are at the scene on Tuapeka Rd West, about 3km from Lawrence, where a vehicle has left the road and crashed over a bank, injuring its driver and navigator just before 1pm.

Police are reporting that one occupant has been seriously injured, while the second person has moderate injuries.

No other vehicles were thought to be involved in the incident and no spectators have been harmed.

A rescue helicopter from Dunedin touched down at 1.23pm, and was expected to airlift the pair to Dunedin Hospital.

Targa Rally spokesman Paul Shanahan said early details of the crash were unclear.

"We don't know much at this stage, except there's been an incident and emergency services have been called, in line with protocol.

"The rally has a pretty good safety record over its 25 years of operation, so we're very concerned for the occupants here and hoping its not too serious."

He said the event was "strictly managed" in terms of speed and safety regulations.

"Unfortunately what people are required to do and what they actually do are sometimes two different things. But we really don't know if this is a human or mechanical error at this stage."

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