'Freak accident' kills 2 officials in Danish rally car race
File photo of a rally car. (WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
COPENHAGEN — Two race officials died Saturday after being hit by a rally car which came off the road in western Denmark.
Danish police said the car was driven by a 73-year-old male and 22-year-old female co-pilot.
The local victims — a 21-year-old woman and 22-year-old man — worked as rally officials and died shortly afterwards, police said, without giving further details. The cause of the accident was being investigated.
The driver and co-driver were both taken to the hospital but have no life-threatening injuries.
Organizer Randers Auto Sport said on its Facebook page that the rest of the one-day race was cancelled.
Morten Alstrup, a spokesman for the Danish Automobile Sports Federation, called the crash “a freak accident” in a television interview.
A federation statement called it “a tragic accident” and added the race had been held in a sealed-off industrial area in Randers, some 210 kilometres (130 miles) northwest of Copenhagen.
The Ekstra Bladet tabloid said the race featuring about 60 cars was the 10th edition of a locally organized rally in Randers.