Dakar hit by second fatality in Cordoba traffic accident

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Dakar hit by second fatality in Cordoba traffic accident
Jan 12, 2016, 2:40 PM

The organisers of the Dakar Rally have announced that a traffic accident involving an assistance vehicle has killed one person and left five more injured.

The assistance vehicle is believed to have been towing the #409 Mitsubishi Lancer of Lionel Baud - the very same car that had a fatal accident with a spectator in Bolivia last week.

The #409 was being transported to Buenos Aires in order to be shipped off to Europe, only for the towing vehicle to collide with another car in the Argentinian city of Cordoba, resulting in one death and five injuries. One of the injured victims is reported to be in a serious condition.

It marks the fourth time since the Dakar moved to South America in 2009 that there have been fatalities in road traffic accidents connected to the event.

In 2009, two were killed when an assistance truck crashed into a car on Chilean roads, while in 2013 two separate incidents on road sections occurred - one claiming the life of competitor Thomas Bourgin, who collided with a Chilean police car, and the other killing two spectators when their car hit a support vehicle in Peru.

Additional reporting by Luis Ramirez

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