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Media Release – Accident at Festival

Media Release

Rainbow Serpent organisers have expressed their sorrow following an accident on the opening day of the festival, where a vehicle rolled into a campsite injuring three people.

Two patrons listed as stable have been transferred to Ballarat hospital by ambulance while a third person was airlifted with more serious injuries.

Festival spokesperson, Tim Harvey, said staff were devastated to learn of the incident.

"Our thoughts are with the injured and their families.

"We know the entire Rainbow community will be thinking of them all weekend but it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage," said Mr. Harvey.

Matthew Wood, event emergency response coordinator, said management's response to the incident was immediate.

"We have all emergency services on site, including medical and ambulance and run training exercises to prepare for responding to any serious incident.

"Procedures were followed as planned and our thoughts are with the victims," said Mr. Wood.

Rainbow Serpent has a strong safety record over 22 years of operations but there are no further details at this stage as to how or why the accident occurred.

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