Family Feud host Grant Denyer in hospital after rally crash

He’s OK. Grant Denyer has survived a serious car crash near Melbourne. Picture: Zak Simmonds
He’s OK. Grant Denyer has survived a serious car crash near Melbourne. Picture: Zak Simmonds Zak Simmonds, News Corp

GOLD Logie nominee Grant Denyer has survived a horror rally car crash near Melbourne today, which has seen the Family Feud host and his co-driver airlifted to hospital.

Despite early concerns Denyer was more seriously injured, the Channel 10 presenter is understood to have walked away from accident with a suspected broken finger and lower back bruising, his manager Titus Day confirmed.

His co-driver Dale Moscatt reportedly had to be cut from their silver Lotus and is believed to have suffered a broken leg after the vehicle left the road and collided with a tree.

Denyer and his racing partner were competing in the Lake Mountain sprint, as part of the Australian Rally Championships, when the accident occurred.

Organisers reportedly cancelled the event immediately after the incident, to allow for paramedics to attend to the injured drivers.

"His dad has spoken to the organisers and Grant is in good spirits," Day told News Corp Australia.

His wife Chezzy and daughters Scout and Sailor are believed to have remained at the couple's home in Bathurst.

A Ten spokeswoman said: "Grant sustained bruising to his lower back while Dale has a suspected broken leg. Grant is walking around and is in good spirits."

Denyer has pursued a racing career in parallel with his TV work, but sustained a serious back injury in September 2008, while covering a monster truck demonstration on Seven's Sunrise.

After that accident, which left him bedridden for eight weeks, Denyer said it "certainly caused me to re-evaluate all aspects of my life, and the support of my partner Cheryl, family, friends and the thousands of messages of encouragement was the catalyst in pushing me to make a full recovery. Racing and TV are my two passions, and once the doctors gave the clearance, I was chomping at the bit to race again. Many questioned why I would want to race after such as rough time, however life isn't a dress rehearsal - this is it - I love it and I want to experience all aspects of life to the max. Wrapping myself in cotton wool wasn't an option and you have to accept the fact that life is full of unknowns - the accident could have happened just going to the corner store for a loaf of bread."

Due to work commitments, Grant took a break from driving until leaving Sunrise in March 2013.

Denyer had a breakthrough in competition last year, winning the Australian Endurance championship crown.

His need for speed, he said previously "is the ultimate adrenaline shot for me, it comes with many high and lows - the reward for result is the greatest high, however you have to tough out the low times and that can be hard.

He added: "one key lesson I have learned along the journey is that life is not about waiting for the storm to pass - it's about learning how to dance in the rain."

In comes on the same day Denyer was confirmed as one of six Gold Logie nominees, as most popular TV personalities, with a Silver Logie nomination as best presenter.

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