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Rally Australia accident injures Ford Rallye co-driver

Grataloup 'stable and satisfactory' following Rally Australia accident Ford Martini World Rally Team co-driver Daniel Grataloup is reported to be 'stable and satisfactory' following an accident during stage 13 of the Rally Australia at ...

Grataloup 'stable and satisfactory' following Rally Australia accident

Ford Martini World Rally Team co-driver Daniel Grataloup is reported to be 'stable and satisfactory' following an accident during stage 13 of the Rally Australia at Wellington Dam this morning.

Grataloup was hurt when their Ford Focus RS World Rally Car left the road 22.1km into the 45.42km stage. Organisers, quickly realising the nature of the accident, rushed two medical helicopters to the scene.

Two doctors and a paramedic attended the 41-year-old Grataloup there. He was stabilised before being airlifted to Perth's St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Grataloup was treated at the scene before being airlifted to hospital in Perth having sustained three cracked ribs, a cracked right collar bone, a cracked right shoulder blade and a minor collapse of his right lung. It is expected he will remain in hospital for two nights. Delecour was unhurt and the stage, the longest of the rally, was cancelled.

Delecour was examined by a rally medical officer and cleared. He later drove the Focus RS back to the rally service area in Harvey.

The stage was subsequently cancelled and all competitors were re-routed to a regroup in Collie before the rally continued.

-Ford Rallye Sport-

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