Dakar truck driver ex­cluded after col­li­sion with spec­ta­tor

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For­mer Dakar Rally win­ner An­drey Karginov, com­pet­ing for Rus­sia’s Ka­maz team in the truck cat­e­gory, has been ex­cluded from this year’s event in Peru for fail­ing to stop after a col­li­sion with a spec­ta­tor.

The Rus­sian, who won in 2014, was third at the time of the in­ci­dent on Fri­day with two wins from the five stages so far.

“A 60-year-old man from South Africa, who was watch­ing the race in an un­se­cured area... was hit by a race truck (#518 An­drey Karginov),” or­gan­is­ers said in a state­ment.

“The com­peti­tor was ex­cluded from the rally by the jury of com­mis­sion­ers for not stop­ping to at­tend the in­jured spec­ta­tor,” they added.

The spec­ta­tor suf­fered a bro­ken fe­mur and was flown to hos­pi­tal in Are­quipa.

The mo­tor­sport.com web­site re­ported that Karginov’s truck drove over the spec­ta­tor’s left leg and quoted Ka­maz team boss Vladimir Cha­gin as say­ing the ex­clu­sion was “very harsh”.

He said the driver had been un­aware of what had hap­pened un­til the end of the stage.

“As he was driv­ing up one of the as­cents, there was a group of five spec­ta­tors in the path of the truck. Four man­aged to clear off but one tripped in the sand and his leg was caught un­der the rear wheel of the truck,” said Cha­gin.

“An­drey nat­u­rally didn’t see this — it was an as­cent and all you can see through the wind­shield is the sky and the top of the moun­tain.”

The rally, staged in South Amer­ica since be­ing switched from Africa in 2009 for se­cu­rity rea­sons, ends in Lima on Jan­uary 17.

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