Eleven people were injured over the weekend when a Dakar Rally racer speared off the course and into a crowd of spectators. The first proper stage of the rally had not even started yet.

The crash took place on the short ‘prologue’ pre-stage to the rally. 47-year old Chinese driver Guo Meiling somehow lost control of her X-Raid Mini and shot into the spectators lining the course.

Motorsport.com reports that six adults and five children were injured, including a father and son who were both airlifted to a hospital. The son had pulmonary trauma, the father head trauma.

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In video shot at the scene of the crash, you can hear spectators pleading “no, no,” as everything goes wrong before the race even began in earnest.

It may be a very tough Dakar this year.

Photo Credits: AP


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