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3 dead as car smashes into crowd at Portugal rally

/ 07:20 AM September 08, 2014

portugal-mapLISBON – Three people, including two boys aged eight and 13, were killed when a car ploughed into spectators at a rally event in northern Portugal on Sunday, firefighters said.

The third victim was a 48-year-old woman who died when the car veered off the track following a sharp bend, after it had crossed the finishing line at the race in Guimaraes.

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Eight people were injured and two of them are in a critical condition, emergency services said: a 40-year-old man with head trauma and a woman of 18 with leg fractures. They were rushed to a hospital in Braga.

The driver of the car has been taken to hospital suffering from shock.

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The accident happened shortly after the start of the first stage of the rally at a part of the track that was not protected by barriers. The event was suspended after the tragedy.

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