Saturday, May 19, 2012

Maures Rally: Rally Car Smashes Into Spectators Killing 2 and seriously Injuring 15 others, Southern France

A car competing in a rally in southern France has crashed into the crowd, killing at least two people and seriously injuring 15 others.

Several children were among those hurt in the 14th annual Maures regional rally, at Plan-de-la-Tour in the Var region.

The car is believed to have veered off the road, firefighters have said.

Public prosecutor Danielle Drouy-Ayral said a race marshall was one of those who died.

She added that an official from her office would be overseeing an investigation.

Initial reports say the driver, who has not been named, made a mistake at a junction where he was supposed to turn right. Instead, he drove straight ahead, smashing into spectators.

A large team of firefighters and rescue workers was at the scene of the crash, which happened about 4.30pm.

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