[QODLink]
Europe
Spectators killed in France rally car crash
Vehicle veers off road and hits onlookers in south of France, killing two and injuring fifteen, including children.
Last Modified: 19 May 2012 18:52
A car competing in a rally race in southern France veered off the road and crashed into a crowd killing at least two people and injuring 15 , firefighters said.

The car left the road at Plan-de-la-Tour, in the Var region on France's Mediterranean coast, emergency services told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

Numerous children are said to be among the 15 injured.

The accident took place when a car competing in the 14th annual Maures regional rally veered off.

The public prosecutor in Draguignan, Danielle Drouy-Ayral, said an official from her office was en route to oversee an investigation.

Drouy-Ayral said a race marshal was among the victims.

It appears a driver made a mistake at an intersection where they were supposed to turn right and instead drove straight ahead, crashing into the crowd.

The driver of the car suffered light injuries, France's TF1 broadcaster reports.

He has been taken to hospital where it will be established whether his condition will allow him to be taken into custody,  Drouy-Ayral was quoted as saying.

The rally, which covers 157km began on Saturday and was due to continue on Sunday.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
Country
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
The conservative UMP party suffers from crippling internal divisions and extreme debt from mismanagement.
More than fifty years of an armed struggle for independence from Spain might be coming to an end in the Basque Country.
After the shooting-down of flight MH17, relatives ask what the carrier has learned from still-missing MH370.
Human rights and corporate responsibility prompt a US church to divest from companies doing business with Israel.
Afghan militias have accumulated a lengthy record of human-rights abuses, including murders and rapes.
join our mailing list