Head-on Dakar crash kills two
DAKAR TAKES A DEADLY TOLL: The Dakar has claimed the lives of 59 people, including 20 spectators, over the years. Above shows the Race2Recovery team before they shipped out to South America.
Two people were killed and seven others were injured in a head-on collision between a Dakar support vehicle and a taxi near Peru's border with Chile.
A taxi smashed into the support vehicle while a second cab overturned as its driver tried to avoid the collision on January 9 2013.
Two people in the first taxi, including the driver, were killed and seven were injured. Three of the injured were part of the Race2Recovery team traveling in the rally support vehicle.
The team comprises of injured soldiers taking part in the challenge.
The crash happened when their vehicle, a Land Rover Defender, was traveling in convoy on day five of the rally with other support vehicles in the Peruvian town of Tacna, near the Chilean border.
Team leader Captain Tony Harris said: "Our hearts go out to the families and relatives of those who have died in this tragic accident and we offer them our condolences and sympathy.
"Our entire team has been struck by the friendliness and support we have received from the Peruvian people since arriving for the Dakar Rally."
PUSHING ON TO THE FINISH
The Race2Recovery team began the race with four Wildcat vehicles but will now continue with just
two race vehicles.
Harris said that the team had agreed to continue the challenge: "The team decided before we even started that we would continue our endeavour. This is obviously a huge shock but we know that we have the blessing of the injured. They want the team to finish."
An investigation has been launched with the Peruvian authorities.
The collision came after the fifth stage of the race from Arequipa in Peru to Arica in Chile. The 8400km event is being staged in South America with 459 vehicles.
In 2013, around 150 security staff as well as 60 doctors and surgeons are on hand, backed up by five helicopters and ten medical vehicles.
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