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German driver quits Dakar rally after fatal accident

DPA/The Local · 3 Jan 2010, 13:39

Published: 03 Jan 2010 13:39 GMT+01:00

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Schultis lost control of his car at a bend in the first stage of the race and ploughed into a crowd of fans near the town of Rio Cuarto. "A 28-year-old woman suffered a traumatic brain injury as well as injuries to her stomach and pelvis," a local doctor said. The woman died later in hospital, and five other spectators were seriously injured.

Eye-witnesses reported that the 43-year-old Schultis got out of the car in shock and desperately looked around for help. He has now quit the race.

The victims of the accident were standing in an area very close to the course not permitted for spectators, organisers said, though they admitted that the area had not been cordoned off.

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The Argentinian woman is the 59th person to have been killed at the Dakar rally since its inception in 1978. Spectators have regularly crowded close to the race track throughout its history. This year's race covers 9,000 kilometres through Argentina and Chile.

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18:42 January 3, 2010 by ebermannstadt
I feel very sorry for the driver. Rallying is in my opinion the best motor sport of all, but it's always plagued by suicidal spectators.

It doesn't take much brains to work out where the car won't go if it leaves the road. That's where you should stand.
19:29 January 3, 2010 by Edmond Schindler
Maybe this guy quitting will deliver a message strong enough to effect barriers or better crowd control for every ones safety.
22:19 January 3, 2010 by Frenemy
Barriers? Crowd control???

.....spare me! (this is rallying, fools!)
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