Alpine Rally driver recovering after horrific stage one crash
A fundraiser has been set up to help cover the medical expenses of Matt Thompson, who was badly injured in a crash on the first stage of the Alpine Rally.
Thompson hit a tree head-on in his Datsun 180B, destroying the car and landing he and co-driver Mike Behnke in hospital.
Behnke only suffered minor injuries, but Thompson wasn’t so lucky.
“After a significant incident on the first stage of @alpinerallyofeast, I am happy to report that my long-time Co-Driver and very good friend @mikeybee555 escaped with minor injuries, while I am in good spirits and on the road to recovery,” Thompson said.
“Huge thanks to the following crews, the MIVs on scene, road closure peeps, medical helicopter staff, and staff at the @thealfredhospital
“Here’s the highlight reel:
*Right eye socket rebuilt
*broken jaw (loss of 7 teeth)
*broken left humerus (2 places)
*snapped tendon in my left thumb
*broken left patella
*smashed left foot
*broken right femur
*broken right tibia
*smashed right foot
*loss of beard
“It’s also not looking good for the #datsun180b. But we will assess these things in good time.
The outpouring of support and well-wishes from around the rally community and beyond has been nothing short of humbling. Your actions, gestures, words and support have lifted our spirits and warmed our hearts. Sincerely, thanks to each of you.”