Dakar Rally spectators injured in car accident in Argentina

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ROSARIO, Argentina (AP) Organizers say four spectators at the Dakar Rally have been injured after a Mini Cooper plowed into the crowd before the start of the race in Argentina.

The accident occurred Saturday at kilometer 6.6 of the prologue to the Dakar 2016, which starts between Buenos Aires and Rosario. Organizers say that they have suspended Saturday’s special stage.

A statement from organizers says the injured spectators would be taken to local hospitals. It does not provide details on their injuries. The statement says the vehicle that veered off the road was No. 360, which belongs to Guo Meiling. Guo is the first Chinese woman to compete in Dakar.

It was unclear she or other drivers were injured.

Competitors were participating in a special stage to determine Sunday’s opening day order.