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Knysna 'rally' crash cripples spectators

2014-09-27 15:01

ROGUE RALLY CRASH: Pigspotter tweeted the following image showing the wrecked remains of driver Louis Oelofse's Lamborghini. Image: PigSpotter Cliff

KNYSNA, Western Cape - Two people were seriously injured during a horror crash during one of the exercises connected to the rich men's Rogue Rally in Knysna on Thursday (September 26).

Driver Louis Oelofse lost control of his yellow Lamborghini and apparently crashed into a rock and several other vehicles, as well as spectators, during the "supercar" rally, The Knysna-Plett Herald reported.

Two spectators, one male and one female, were critically injured and, according to authorities, lost limbs as a result of the impact. The Herald said both lost their legs.

The Rogue Rally tweeted: "Good news. The condition of the people involved in accident yesterday has improved over night. The Rogue Rally driver is back from hospital and OK.”

LAMBO SPUN OFF TRACK

According to witnesses, Oelofse spun and collided with a Toyota Prado and a Mercedes Vito parked by the road, Eye Witness News (EWN) reported. The two injured were standing near the Vito at the time of the crash.

A case of reckless driving is being investigated.

Rogue Rally spokesman Jacques van den Bergh said the injured people were standing next to their car and were asked to move by marshals but said "something to the effect that they had come there to keep cattle away", the Herald reported

The Rogue Rally - which is not a Motorsport SA-sanctioned event, is a 2800km road trip with stops for the cars' owner to play on closed roads and racetrack across South Africa.

Organisers held a special stage in Knysna with the cars racing on a timed two-kilometres of road near the Simola country estate.

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