Woman spectator killed at Spanish car rally
A 24-year-old woman was killed after a car taking part in a Spanish rally careered off the road into spectators and catapulted her down an enbankment.
Her partner who was also watching the seventh edition of the Rally Sprint de Tierra in Sariegos del Bernesga, Leon was injured, according to the emergency services.
The rally, which was immediately postponed, is one of the most important in the region and attracted 80 drivers.
The driver of the rally car involved in the accident was treated for severe shock and the organisers have told of their despair.
“There are no words. Destroyed, broken and sunken,” said a spokesman on a Twitter posting.
It is understood the young woman was Spanish and came from Madrid.
The woman’s family have denied reports that the couple were earlier told to move to a different location and say the accident happened on a straight stretch of road where there should have been no danger. There were other spectators in the area too, they point out.
In a statement, organisers said they were dismayed at the tragic accident and expressed their deepest condolences to the family and friends of the victim.
They said they had prided themselves on extensive safety measures but said it was too early to talk about the event’s future.
An official investigation into the accident is already underway.