INVESTIGATIONS are still ongoing into a serious crash that occured during the Heartlands Rally at the weekend, which has left a young female co-driver in a coma.
Grainne McEnery from Ennis, Co Clare, was seriously injured after the Ford Escort car in which she was navigator left the road during the final stage of the rally on Sunday, June 10. The car, driven by Mike Quinn from Kerry, crashed in the Raheen area of the county during stage 6 of the race. While Mr Quinn escaped serious injury, Ms McEnery had to be cut from the wreckage and airlifted to hospital. Although she was wearing protective clothing, she suffered head injuries and it is understood she remains in an induced coma at Beaumont Hospital.
Alex Sinclair, chief executive of Motorsport Ireland, told the Leinster Express that all safety measures were fully adhered to by the rally organisers and all response services involved acted quickly. Mr Sinclair said that “a tree stump hiding in the ditch” may have contributed to the damage.
“Like any sport, participants can get hurt, it could be golf, GAA, rugby, equestrian, they know that when they sign up, there are always risks,” he said.
Mr Sinclair confirmed that the organisation always investigate whenever someone gets hurt and he said that they would be looking at the location of the crash very carefully, to see if extra precautions are needed ahead of next year’s event.
No other accidents occured during the Heartlands Rally and no other injuries have been reported.