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Off-road fan critical in hospital after being crushed by falling rock

The man suffered life-changing leg injuries at the Scotia Winch Challenge near Aberfeldy.

Close unidentifiable modified Land Rover 4x4 in winch challenge offroad event Creative Commons quality news image uploaded June 15 2015
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A 4x4 off-road competitor is in a critical condition in hospital after being crushed by a rock at a vehicle event in Perthshire.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was airlifted from Griffin Forest near Aberfeldy, where the Scotia Winch 4x4 Challenge was taking place on Saturday.

He was transferred to Dundee's Ninewells Hospital where he is believed to be suffering from a life-changing leg injury.

It is understood the casualty was a competitor in the event but was outside of his vehicle when the incident happened at around 11.15am.

Each vehicle in off-road challenge eventing has a two-person team, including a driver and a winchman, who stands outside the vehicle on tricky manoeuvres to give direction as the vehicle scrambles up and over rocky slopes.

It is thought the casualty may have been acting as a winchman when he was injured.

Police and the ambulance service were called to attend but emergency vehicles were unable to reach the scene of the accident on the rocky hillside.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "A man in his 30s sustained serious injuries during an incident at a vehicle event.

"He was conveyed by search and rescue helicopter to Ninewells where he is being cared for. He is critical condition but is stable."

A spokesman for the Motor Sports Association (MSA), which licences the event, said: "The MSA can confirm that a competitor was seriously injured during an event organised by the Scotia Winch Challenge Club on Saturday and was transferred to hospital for treatment.

"As with any serious incident in or around UK motor sport, the MSA is now working closely with the police and the event organising club to investigate precisely what happened on this occasion."

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