Four spectators injured in Dakar Rally crash

Mini Cooper crashes into crowd and injures spectators at Dakar Rally

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

An injured man is taken away by emergency personnel after crash, Dakar Rally 2016, Argentina.

Updated Jan 4, 2016

Several spectators were injured during the Dakar Rally on Saturday after a Mini Cooper plowed into the crowd before the start of the race in Argentina.

The accident occurred at kilometre 6.6 of the prologue to the Dakar 2016, which starts between Buenos Aires and Rosario. Organisers suspended Saturday's special stage.

A Dakar statement said four spectators were injured and taken to local hospitals. However, it did not provide details on their injuries.

Daniel Modesto, a doctor at the Santa Francisca de Arrecifes hospital, told Argentine station TN that 10 people were treated for injuries, including a pregnant woman and four children. He said one child and one adult man were seriously injured. The child was airlifted to a larger hospital, while the man was transferred in an ambulance, he said.

The vehicle that veered off the road was No. 360, which belongs to Guo Meiling. Guo is the first Chinese woman to compete in Dakar.

It was unclear she or other drivers were injured.

Competitors were participating in a special stage to determine Sunday's opening day order.