Two Peruvians were killed and ten were injured in a four-vehicle pile-up in the town of Los Palos, near the border between Peru and Chile. Of the 10 people injured, seven are Peruvians of Tacna and Arequipa, and three are British citizens.
According to LaRepublica
of Peru (in Spanish) the accident occurred about 9:30 PM on Wednesday night on the road linking the cities of Tacna, Perú and Arica, Chile.
The two people dead, who are yet to be identified, are the driver and passenger of a local taxi. The second vehicle involved in the crash, with a large number 920 on its side, is a mechanical support unit of the Dakar Rally 2013 and was occupied by three British citizens, Justin Bischall, John Winskill and Lee Townsend who were injured, reports El Comercio
(in Spanish). This source reports that following the crash of the taxi and the Dakar vehicle, two other cars were also involved; the first, another local taxi that overturned while trying to avoid the crash, and the second a car carrying Argentine mechanics, also connected to the Dakar Rally 2013.
Several Dakar Rally security and paramedic vehicles worked with local emergency services
in the transfer of the wounded to a hospital in the city of Tacna. Peruvian authorities are investigating the causes of the accident.
This tragedy reinforces concerns about the poor safety and environmental record
of the Dakar race and how the life of local people is disrupted as a result of this dangerous yearly event.