'Like an explosion': New details emerge after Targa Tasmania tragedy
Fresh details have emerged after two more competitors were killed at the Targa Tasmania rally car race on Saturday.
Just 24 hours after 68-year-old Shane Navin was killed in a crash on Friday, a fellow driver and co-driver also died in an accident on Saturday.
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Saturday's crash occurred in the state's Huon Valley, southwest of Hobart, on the Cygnet stage of the 2000km race about 11.45am.
The racers have since been identified as 68-year-old Leigh Mundy from Hobart, and 59-year-old Dennis Neagle from Withcott in Queensland.
A resident of Lower Wattle Grove who witnessed the crash said the car went airborne before losing control.
“He got airborne here and then I heard him land, and when he landed, he bellied out and just lost control,” he told News Corp.
“The next minute it was like an explosion, and it echoed everywhere.
“It was good to see a lot of the other competitors, when they saw what had happened, there were about eight cars that pulled up and got out to help.”
Acting Inspector Sally Cottrell said the incident would be investigated by the coroner.
“It’s a normal stretch of road, it’s a straight stretch of road and in good condition,” she said.
“It’s a very tragic set of circumstances that has occurred and our thoughts do go out to the relatives of the deceased.”
Aussie motorsport community in shock
Targa Australia chief executive Mark Perry said the motorsport community was in shock.
“This has been a devastating few days for the Targa family,” Perry said.
“Our thoughts and deepest condolences go to Leigh and Dennis’ family and friends.
“Both loved Targa and we knew them so well, which makes their passing so difficult for everyone in our community. They will be sorely missed by us all.
“We feel greatly for the family and friends who have lost those so precious to them.”
It comes after NSW driver Navin died on Friday in a crash on the Lyell Highway on the second-last day of the event.
Navin was killed after his red 1979 Mazda RX-7 rolled about 10am on Friday on the Lyell Highway in the state's remote west.
His co-driver, Glenn Evans, was uninjured, a statement from race organisers said.
Emergency crews were unable to revive Navin after the crash, about 35 kilometres into the Mount Arrowsmith stage of the race.
Saturday's incident is the fourth fatal crash in the event's 26-year history.
In 2013, 71-year-old NSW driver John Mansell was killed when his Porsche ran off the road and into a tree at Exton.
Melbourne navigator Ian Johnson died in 1996 after a crash in the state's northwest.
Horror Targa Tasmania this year. Three dead in two days. Is it worth it?
— Ric Finlay (@RicFinlay) April 24, 2021
What a terrible tragedy in Tasmania this week with 3 deaths in Targa Tasmania. Motor racing is dangerous but tarmac rallying is particularly so. #targatasmania
— Lex Lasry (@Lasry08) April 24, 2021
It's a risky business rallying on closed public roads. This is a very storied Aussie Targa. Been awful this year.@Lardyda44
Targa Tasmania race suffers another fatal crash, with two dead, a day after 68-year-old driver killedhttps://t.co/idSiwzPZSn
— Swansongster (@Swansongster) April 24, 2021
Targa tasmania should be cancelled. Change my mind
— William Polak 🌐 (@willpolak) April 24, 2021
Targa Tasmania has more than doubled their death toll (since 2013), within the space of 24 hours.
What an incredibly sad weekend it’s been for all involved! 😢💔 https://t.co/CLFeGTrLXt
— Nikita Riseley ⚡️🔥 (@NikitaRiseley) April 24, 2021
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