13 injured in Dakar Rally crash involving Chinese driver

Buenos Aires, Jan 3 (IANS) At least 13 spectators, including five children, were injured when the car of Chinese driver Guo Meiling hit them during the first stage of Rally Dakar 2016 near the Argentinean city of Arrecifes.

The chief of the voluntary firemen corps of Arrecifes, Miguel Sanchez, told Xinhua on Saturday that “13 people were transferred to the Santa Francisca Romana hospital” in the city, “including five children”.

Some of the injured “presented multiple traumatic injuries and severe wounds, such as fractures”, explained Sanchez. Guo and her co-pilot came out of the accident unharmed but were in shock.

One witness of the accident, identified only as Pablo, told Argentinean TV station C5N that Guo’s Mini Cooper “overturned and rolled several times” into the crowd. He added that the site of the accident “was not on a curve, it was on a straight part where the people were well located”.

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