Dakar Rally spectator killed

Dakar Rally organisers have confirmed that a spectator was killed during the seventh stage of this year’s event, which took place between Uyuni and Salta on Saturday.

The 63-year-old succumbed to injuries suffered following a collision with the Mitsubishi Lancer of French driver Lionel Baud around the 82km mark of the special stage.

According to a statement from event organisers, Baud’s vehicle collided with the man “who was isolated on the race course”.

“Once at the [accident] site, the medical service of the organisation unfortunately could only note the death of the injured person.

“Alerted by the organisation, the Bolivian authorities represented by the prosecution, went to the site by helicopter of the organisation in order to determine the circumstances of the accident.”

The man was reportedly killed instantly.

Saturday’ accident was the first fatality involving a spectator at the Dakar since 2013 when two onlookers were killed when a support vehicle crashed into two taxis.

At the prologue this year, two spectators were injured – one critically – after a collision with the Mini of Chinese driver Guo Meiling.