The Russian, who received in 2014, was third on the time of the incident on Friday with two wins from the 5 levels up to now.

“A 60-year-old man from South Africa, who was watching the race in an unsecured space… was hit by a race truck (#518 Andrey Karginov),” organisers stated in a press release.

“The competitor was excluded from the rally by the jury of commissioners for not stopping to attend the injured spectator,” they added.

The spectator suffered a damaged femur and was flown to hospital in Arequipa.

The web site reported that Karginov’s truck drove over the spectator’s left leg and quoted Kamaz group boss Vladimir Chagin as saying the exclusion was “very harsh”.

He stated the motive force had been unaware of what had occurred till the top of the stage.

“As he was driving up one of many ascents, there was a bunch of 5 spectators within the path of the truck. 4 managed to clear off however one tripped within the sand and his leg was caught below the rear wheel of the truck,” stated Chagin.

“Andrey naturally did not see this — it was an ascent and all you possibly can see by way of the windshield is the sky and the highest of the mountain.”

Saturday is a relaxation day for Dakar rivals. The rally, staged in South America since being switched from Africa in 2009 for safety causes, ends in Lima on Jan. 17.

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