11 Jan 2013

Fatality involving Dakar rally support vehicle

9:31 am on 11 January 2013

Two people have been killed and seven others injured in a head-on collision between a Dakar Rally support vehicle and a taxi near Peru's border with Chile.

The incident happened at 9:30 at night, 10km from the frontier.

One of two taxis hit the support vehicle head-on while a second cab overturned as its driver tried to avoid the collision.

Two people in the first taxi, including the driver, were killed and seven people, four of them Peruvian, were injured.

Three of the injured, who were travelling in a Land Rover support vehicle, were British members of the Race2Recovery team which is made up of British and US servicemen who have been severely injured and lost limbs in foreign conflicts.

The collision came after the fifth stage of the race from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile.