Drama on the Dakar

Drama on the Dakar

A spectator was hospitalized after being hit by a car during the first stage of the Dakar this Saturday.

The 46th edition of the Dakar began on Friday with a prologue and continued this Saturday with the first stage between Al-‘Ula and Al Henakiyah (Saudi Arabia). A first stage marked by a first serious accident. During the start, a competing car hit a spectator, who was transported to the nearest hospital, reports the daily The team. The race was stopped for an hour.

“The start of the first car, initially scheduled for 10:15 a.m., was postponed to 11:15 a.m. (local time) due to an incident with a spectator approximately 200 meters after the starting line. The injured spectator was treated by the medical service and transported to the nearest hospital.indicated in a press release ASO, organizer of the legendary rally-raid.

A fall and abandonment on a motorcycle

The start of this first stage was also marked by a motorcycle fall. The Portuguese driver of Team Hero, Joaquim Rodrigues, found himself on the ground after 82 kilometers of racing. Conscious upon the arrival of the medical team who suspected a fracture, he was airlifted to Al-‘Ula hospital in a stable condition.

As a reminder, twelve steps are on the menu for this 46e edition of the Dakar, which will end on Friday January 19.

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