TARMAC: Targa Tasmania injured spectators update

INCIDENT INVOLVING SPECTATORS AT TARGA TASMANIA (UPDATE) Earlier today a competition vehicle was involved in an incident on the Targa Tasmania Hobart stage in the State's south, causing injuries to three male spectators. A competition vehicle...

INCIDENT INVOLVING SPECTATORS AT TARGA TASMANIA (UPDATE)

Earlier today a competition vehicle was involved in an incident on the Targa Tasmania Hobart stage in the State's south, causing injuries to three male spectators.

A competition vehicle veered off course and impacted a group of spectators. As a result of the incident, the injured were transported to the Royal Hobart Hospital by ambulance.

Of the three injured, two have been admitted to hospital: one male, 40, has sustained chest and leg injuries and is listed as serious and another male, 64, has sustained injuries to his head and shoulders and is also listed as being in a serious condition.

The third spectator, 39, has sustained back injuries. This person has been listed as stable and has not yet been admitted to hospital.

All spectators involved in the incident are from Tasmania.

The crew involved were driver Nob Ikeda, 40, and navigator Shoichi Shibue, 36, both of Japan in a privately entered 2004 MINI Cooper S. Both driver and navigator were uninjured but were taken to hospital for observation.

The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) will conduct a thorough investigation into the incident. In the meantime, Targa Tasmania, CAMS and event officials are working with Tasmania Police and other civil authorities.

Event organiser Octagon has implemented its event chaplain and counselling services for the relatives of the injured persons and other competitors and officials involved in the event.

Additional statements will be made as more information becomes available.

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