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2 killed in Irish rally car accident

2012-05-27 22:07

Dublin - A race car went out of control on a rural Irish road and crashed into a crowd of about 30 spectators on Sunday, killing two and seriously injuring seven, authorities said.

Witnesses said the car crashed through a fence and into the onlookers before coming to rest on its side beside a home near Bailieborough, 80km northwest of Dublin.

Police said two people - a 29-year-old woman from Cork, in southwestern Ireland, and a 50-year-old male photographer from the western city of Galway - were declared dead at the scene.

Seven others, including the car's driver and navigational co-driver, were admitted to hospital.

Sunday's accident highlighted the dangers posed to drivers and viewers alike by Ireland's annual high-speed contests on hedge-lined, narrow country roads.

At least four other people have been killed during races over the past decade as hundreds of kilometres of unmodified local roads are blocked off for use by souped-up rally cars.

Organisers of the Cavan Stages Rally involving about 100 cars in the border county of Cavan cancelled the event following the accident.

Police and the race organiser, Motorsports Ireland, both launched investigations into what went wrong.