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Spectator killed at Dakar Rally


Buenos Aires: A spectator was killed when he was hit by a Mitsubishi driven by Frenchman Lionel Baud during the seventh stage of the tough Dakar Rally.

The 63-year-old man was struck at the 82-km mark of the stage from Uyuni in Bolivia to Salta in Argentina on Saturday, reports Xinhua.

It was the 64th death in the history of the annual off-road race and the sixth since it was moved to South America from Africa in 2009.

Saturday’s incident came six days after a crash in the prologue stage left eight spectators injured, including three children and a pregnant woman.

Spain’s Carlos Sainz won the seventh stage by finishing 38 seconds ahead of overall leader Sebastien Loeb of France.

Portugal’s Paulo Goncalves led the standings in the motorcycle category, more than three minutes ahead of Toby Price of Australia.