Car crashes into crowd at French rally; 2 dead

May 20, 2012, 05:25 IST | AFP

A car competing in a rally race in southern France crashed into a crowd on Saturday, killing at least two people and badly injuring about 15, including several children, firefighters said.

The accident happened when a car competing in the 14th annual Maures regional rally veered off the road at Plan-de-la-Tour in the Var department on the Mediterranean coast.

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.

According to initial reports, it appears the driver, whose identity has not been released, made a mistake at an intersection where he was supposed to turn right, but instead drove straight ahead, crashing into the spectators.

The crash occurred around 4:30 pm (1430 GMT). A large team of firefighters and rescue workers was dispatched to the scene.

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