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Two crashes at same time in Targa NZ rally

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/10/2016

Competitors in the Targa NZ car rally have been taken to hospital after two separate crashes on a stage in Hawke's Bay.

A car competing in the rally failed to take a corner near Crownthorpe and rolled several times, Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter says.

Two men in it were flown to the Hawke's Bay Fallen Soldier's Memorial Hospital for treatment to moderate injuries.

Police say the crash happened at about 9.30am on Sunday.

The race organisers posted a video on Facebook saying there were two separate crashes at the same time on stage 21 of the race, the first to be held on Sunday. The stage was halted.

"We understand it's not as bad as the first rumours coming through," Craig Lord says on the video.

Targa NZ named those injured as Kim McLeod and Mark Hellier.

Hellier and Glenn Edley are both OK after a minor crash, a spokesperson for them said on Facebook.

The afternoon stages of the rally are going ahead.

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