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A nasty head-on accident on the opening day of the Classic Outback Trial has left well-known competitors Trevor Stilling and Lisa Dunkerton in hospital with back injuries. Stilling's Datsun Stanza collided head-on with the Ford Mustang of Richard Bennett and Matt James-Wallace. Event organisers provided the following statement to RallySport Magazine: "There was an incident involving two competing cars in the second special stage of the Classic Outback Trial on Sunday. The crews were competing at the Alice Springs Off Road Club, south of Alice Springs, when the two cars collided, resulting in injuries to Trevor Stilling and Lisa Dunkerton. "The RallySafe system immediately detected the incident (less than 5km into the stage) and an event Medical Intervention Vehicle was quickly despatched from the start control to the provide medical assistance. "Both crew members were taken to hospital and have been confirmed with vertebrae injuries. The comprehensive safety equipment in both cars – roll cages, seats, harnesses and especially the HANS devices, ensured the extent of injuries was limited." Speaking on social media, Lisa Dunkerton, wife of Australian rally legend Ross Dunkerton, thanked those who assisted after the crash. "Thank you to everyone for their good wishes and thoughts. Trev and my service crew have been amazing, as was the crew of the Mustang that we hit," Lisa said. "Big shout out to Kate Officer who has been an angel. Thanks also to Classic Outback Trial folks for their kind thoughts. "Cannot stress enough how the HANS devices saved us from dire consequences. Wear them people. Trev and I have got fractured vertebrae, but well recover well," she said. Latest results from the Classic Outback Trial can be found HERE.
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