Arras-Madrid-Dakar: Assistance vehicle driver killed in accident 2002-01-08

The second loss of life during the Arras-Madrid-Dakar happened Tuesday during Stage 11 Atar to Tidjijka. The assistance vehicle was involved in a one-vehicle accident. The driver, Daniel Vergnes, arrived at the hospital in Noaukchott where he...

The second loss of life during the Arras-Madrid-Dakar happened Tuesday during Stage 11 Atar to Tidjijka. The assistance vehicle was involved in a one-vehicle accident.

The driver, Daniel Vergnes, arrived at the hospital in Noaukchott where he was pronounced dead. The three other occupants were injured and being treated at a hospital in Noaukchott. Benoit Agoyer has a fractured facial bone; Shoena Dorson-King has a head-cut; Christophe Van Riet is listed as being in stable condition. They may be airlifted later today to a hospital in Dakar.

The details of the accident are unknown at this time; whether the vehicle left one of the "track" roads to help a stranded rider/driver or was following the route as a chase-type vehicle; if they were in the midst of the special stage or just on the liaison section.

The Atar-Tidjikja is one of the longest and hardest of the event, they run through canyons, across dunes and winding roads. Several competitors had problems during the stage yesterday.

The first person killed during the event was a French local cititzen who wandered onto the rally road; it also involved an assistance vehicle.

More updates when they become available.

Motorsport.com expresses their condolences to the family, friends and the rally competitors and teams on the life of Daniel Vergnes.

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