Co-driver killed in International Rally of Queensland crash

UPDATE: 4:50pm
Additional information about this morning’s accident has been supplied by RACQ Careflight.

RACQ Careflight and ambulance crew attend to injured driver - Image RACQ Careflight
RACQ Careflight and ambulance crew attend to injured driver – Image RACQ Careflight

A rally car driver, seriously injured in a crash while competing in the International Rally of Queensland at Imbil this morning has been airlifted by RACQ CareFlight Rescue – Sunshine Coast.
The man in his 40’s from the Brisbane was on a fast section of the course when the car he was driving left the track and slid down a steep embankment.
The man suffered multi-trauma injuries and was trapped in the vehicle for some time.
He was then loaded into an ambulance and driven to the RACQ CareFlight helicopter which had landed on the side of a road.
The helicopter’s flight doctor and flight paramedic stabilised the man before he was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a serious but stable condition.
The vehicle’s co-driver died at the scene.
Official Statement
In a joint statement from the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) and the International Rally of Queensland, it has been confirmed that the co-driver of a car competing in the 2013 event has died in a crash this morning.
An incident involving a Queensland Rally Championship entrant occurred during Stage 14 of the event on Sunday near Imbil, South West of Gympie on the Sunshine Coast.
As a result of the accident, the co –driver is deceased and the driver was injured and flown to Royal Brisbane Hospital.
Queensland Police attended the scene. CAMS and the International Rally of Queensland will continue to assist relevant authorities in this matter.
CAMS and the International Rally of Queensland are extremely saddened by the loss of a valued member of the motor sport community. Our thoughts and sympathy go out to family and friends of both members at this difficult time.