Posted Jan 10th 2013 7:00PM
Dakar Rally organizers report a support vehicle and two taxis were involved in an accident on January 9. The support vehicle collided head-on with a taxi carrying six people, while the second taxi, carrying four people, overturned several times in an attempt to avoid the accident. Seven people were injured and are now being treated in a hospital in Tacna, Peru, including three occupants of the support vehicle.
Tragically, the driver and one passenger in the first taxi died of injuries sustained in the crash. Three local ambulances, a fire engine and local police all responded to the scene. Peruvian police have also supplied a helicopter to transport the seriously injured from Tacna to a hospital in Peru. Local law enforcement has begun an investigation into the cause of the accident.
You can read the brief press release from the Dakar Rally below for more information.
Two die in Peru when taxi collides with Dakar Rally support vehicle
A serious accident involving 3 vehicles occurred in Peru on Wednesday 9th January at 21.30 hours (Peru time), 10 kilometres from the border with Chile.
The accident involved a support vehicle with 3 passengers and two taxis, one of them carrying 6 people and the other with 4 people.
One of the two taxis collided head on with the support vehicle, and the second taxi overturned several times in an attempt to avoid the accident.
Unfortunately, two of the people in the first taxi – one of them the driver – died, and 7 others were injured (4 Peruvians and the 3 passengers in the support vehicle). They are being examined in hospitals in Tacna (Peru), where they were taken following the accident.
Assistance coordination has been put in place by the Peruvian authorities and the organisation of the rally, involving 3 local ambulances, a fire engine and several police officers. The organisation has also jointly deployed 2 paramedic ambulance vehicles from the rally and 2 security vehicles.
An Antonov aircraft of the Peruvian police has been put on special alert to transport the injured to Lima, in coordination with the rally's medical service.
The Peruvian authorities have begun an inquiry into the accident in order to determine the exact causes.