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Dakar Rally spectators injured in car accident in Argentina

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compete in the near the Salinas Grandes during Stage 10 on day 11 of the Dakar Rallly between Calama and Cachi on January 13, 2015 near San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

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.