The Courier-Mail

Pregnant woman among six killed in Spanish rally car crash

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MADRID: Six people including a pregnant woman were killed yesterday when a rally racing car hurtled off the road and ploughed into a crowd of spectators in northern Spain, police said.

A video broadcast by Spanish television stations showed the car crashing off the tree-lined road in a cloud of dust in the northweste­rn town of Carral during the A Coruna Rally.

“One of the cars in the rally left the road and ran down various spectators as it sped around a bend about 8pm local time,” a spokesman for the Civil Guard police force said.

“We have confirmed that six people died, four women and two men,” the spokesman, who asked not to be named, said.

“One of them was a pregnant woman.”

He said about 20 people were hurt and several were taken to hospital, at least two of whom were “very seriously” injured.

The spokesman said authoritie­s were investigat­ing the cause of the crash.

The rally cars “go too fast for that kind of road”, he said.

“They are normal roads and people stand on the edge of the bend to get a better view.”

Spanish media reported that the rally car was a compact Peugeot 206 XS and that children were among the injured.

The drivers were not reported to have been hurt.

Spain’s state Higher Sports Council said in a Twitter message that it “deeply regrets the accident in the A Coruna Rally”.

“Our condolence­s to the families and friends of the deceased,” it wrote.

The event around the city of A Coruna in the Galicia region is a relatively minor race, not part of the World Rally Championsh­ip.

In March a co-driver was killed in the Mallorca Classic Rally after reportedly crashing into a tree on the Spanish island.

 ??  ?? LIVES LOST: (Top) the moment the rally car left the road; and (above) authoritie­s investigat­e the incident in the Galicia region of Spain.
LIVES LOST: (Top) the moment the rally car left the road; and (above) authoritie­s investigat­e the incident in the Galicia region of Spain.

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