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Head-on collision kills two on sidelines of Dakar rally

posted 10 Jan 2013, 11:53 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 10 Jan 2013, 11:53 ]

British Dakar Rally support car crashes into taxi, leaves two Peruvians dead and several others injured.

TACNAPERU (JANUARY 9, 2013)  (CH-N) - A head-on collision between a Dakar Rally support vehicle and a Peruvian cab killed two civilians on Wednesday (January 9), overshadowing one of the biggest off-road rallies in the world.

Two people, including the taxi driver, were killed and seven people were injured, four of them Peruvian nationals and three, from the support car, British nationals.

All the injured were taken to a hospital for treatment said Tacna Fire Department ChiefWilber Leiva.

"There was a three car collision. One of the vehicles was on the left side of the road while a private one, with two passengers inside, were found dead inside. Seven other who were injured were taken to the nearest hospital for treatment."

The accident happened in the Pan-American highway approximately 10 kilometres from the Peru-Chile border.

A statement on the race website said one of two taxis hit the support vehicle head-on while a second cab overturned as its driver tried to avoid the collision.

The three British men, including two former soldiers, continue their recovery in a local Peruvian hospital on Thursday.