By on September 7, 2015

Rally Crash Spain

Seven spectators are dead after a rally car plunged Saturday into a crowd of 20 people, killing at least seven and injuring at least 12 more, media outlets are reporting.

The BBC reported that six people were initially dead after the crash in the province of Galicia, which is in northwest Spain. The Daily Mail reported that a young girl who was severely injured in the crash died from her injuries Saturday night.

The La Coruna rally was immediately cancelled after the deadly crash.

According to reports, the driver — identified by Spanish media as Sergio Taveayo — and his co-driver Luis Miguel Prado Santos were unhurt in the crash.

According to Spanish newspaper El Pais, two spectators remain in critical condition and five more have serious injuries. Ten spectators with minor injuries left the hospital Sunday.

Among the dead were two pregnant women and one girl, according to El Pais.

Authorities say the men may have been driving too fast when they lost control of their car and careened into the spectators. According to reports, authorities are investigating the crash.

Purported video of the crash was posted online after the crash.

(Warning: Although the video doesn’t contain graphic images, it does depict a fatal crash.)

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30 Comments on “Seven Killed After Deadly Rally Crash in Spain (Video)...”


  • avatar
    RideHeight

    What the F is in Spanish drinking water to make them crowd around a little country road where they *know* a horde of d*cks in race cars will come screaming by?!

    They’ve even cut-off any possible retreat by crowding between the road and a stand of trees!

    Life must *really* suck in Spain.

    • 0 avatar
      shaker

      This is the country that brings us the Running of the Bulls, and bullfighting.

      So, there’s a clue.

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        Well, Spain is a Hot Place. As with all other Hot Places, some degree of psychopathology must be expected.

        I note the other rally disaster mentioned below was in Italy. Yep, another Hot Place.

        Our South will be interesting when the power grid goes down and they can no longer have A/C.

    • 0 avatar
      MBella

      That has always been one of the things that have made rally racing a special form of motor sport. Today, most forms of racing have become very safe, and have almost no danger left. In rally racing, even the spectator is taking a huge risk. After this, they will likely do something to make it more safe, which will ruin another great form of motor racing. I would like to believe those individuals who sadly lost their lives, were doing what they enjoyed and understood the risks.

    • 0 avatar
      Jacob

      That’s the crazy European rally fans. They’re the same everywhere.

  • avatar

    As tragic as this might seem – DARWINISM is always at hand.

    • 0 avatar
      Aaron Cole

      It doesn’t seem tragic — it is tragic. The car was on the wrong side of the straight coming out of the corner and obviously something went horribly wrong. It’s entirely possible that the dead people weren’t lemmings walking off a cliff, they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

      • 0 avatar
        Noble713

        IMO, anywhere roadside at a rally event is guaranteed to be the wrong place and wrong time.

        “Authorities say the men may have been driving too fast”

        -That’s almost Onion-worthy…isn’t that the point of *racing*?!

        • 0 avatar
          Aaron Cole

          In the same way that anywhere within sight of home plate in a baseball stadium is “guaranteed” to be the wrong place and wrong time to catch a line drive to the temple?

          It’s not the victims’ faults that they’re dead. It’s a horrific crash. No one deserves to die just by attending a rally.

          (And in racing, there’s fast and there’s too fast.)

          • 0 avatar
            SCE to AUX

            I agree on the tragic nature of this accident, although ‘too fast’ in racing usually means too fast for the drivers and/or the car – resulting in a loss of property or injury to the participants.

            Fans aren’t supposed to be participants.

            But race organizers bear much of the blame, because the boundaries they establish imply some sort of safety zone, which it clearly is not. The fans at these events are clearly within the bell curve of an accident trajectory. Should they know better? – maybe. Race organizers certainly do.

            Every driver hopes their accident won’t end this way, but being competitors they drive to win, not solely to avoid accidents (that’s for civilians to do). It’s hard for me to blame them at all, unless their driving is proven to be blatantly reckless.

      • 0 avatar
        Signal11

        The problem with stage rallies is that spectators are constantly and consistently in the wrong place if things were to go wrong. It’s especially stupefying when you’re in the vehicle because the only safety mechanism is your control of your car. Why are these people here and why are they so close to the road?

        You are supposed to be thinking of very little while driving other than the road, your co-driver’s instructions and your own control of your car, yet for those not possessed of nerves of iron, people still register as people so that psychological barrier not only slows you down, but it distracts me from the business of driving, which absurdly increases the level of danger for the spectators.

  • avatar
    shaker

    I think that judgment is required to weigh the entertainment value of the activity versus the potential risks.

    When you take up skydiving, it’s a pretty obvious scenario; spectator sports require a bit more forethought, and even some knowledge of physics as to place yourself away from trajectories of things.

    Cars, monster trucks, baseballs, etc.

    IOW, the “cheap seats” or television.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    Spain isn’t the only place spectators get a little too close to the action. Pike’s Peak too. But when a 200 mph wheel comes off at NHRA drags or Nascar and clears or punches through a fence, you can’t run or dive behind slow moving women and children fast enough.

  • avatar

    When I was a child, my mom and dad would often take us to see the Detroit Tigers on “family day” promotions. One time, we were sitting in seats in the lower deck on the first base line about even with the bag. When a foul ball went screaming into the stands, I asked my father about people getting hurt and he told me to read the implied risk disclaimer on the back of the ticket.

    I miss my father. He was so, so wise.

  • avatar
    Kendahl

    The spectators at these events crowd the sides of the course. It was just a matter of time before an incident like this occurred. They used to do the same at the Mille Miglia. Cars would come at racing speed and the crowd would open in front of them like Moses parting the Red Sea. It came to an end when the Marquis de Portago blew a tire and crashed into the crowd killing himself, his navigator and nine spectators.

  • avatar
    LS1Fan

    And folks wonder why cops raid street races.

  • avatar
    ja-gti

    It probably works like this:

    You arrive early and find a nice vantage point to watch the race. It’s “safe-ish” – you’re 30 yds from the course in a strand of trees which could serve as a barrier if a car goes off course.

    As the crowd builds, a few people move in front of you so they can see better. Now you can’t see. So you move in front of them. As more people arrive, they move in front of you. And the crowd creeps closer to the road until they are right next to it – which seems safe because every car through has been under control…

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Yes , Spain is a sucky place to live unless you’re seriously wealthy then it sucks a bit less .

    I hope they don’t hassle the Drivers as stupid is as stupid does ~ I’ve been going to the races for many decades and always manage to find a safe enough place to watch .

    -Nate

    • 0 avatar
      ismasl

      Yeah, right… not like the UK!!!

      Most of you are missing the point, the fact that it happened in Spain is anecdotic. This scenes can be seen every year in every rallie all around Europe for the last 50 years or more, not always with such tragic ends… Rac Rally anyone?

      Of course something could/should be done to aboid it, as always that an accident happen.

      My Condolencens to the families, as a father of a 4 year old, particulary to the families of the pregnant women and the young girl.

      La Coruña is my home town.

    • 0 avatar
      Roberto Esponja

      Spain is NOT a sucky place, why are you saying this? Yes, it’s going through an economic downturn right now, but that doesn’t mean that life there is miserable. And, it’s a great place to vacation.

  • avatar
    Joss

    I wouldn’t want to be those two or their insurance.

    On a different foot. Yes you can say pointless, dangerous.

    Live in a metropolis? Ever wonder how many women & kids your local transit authority has killed since it was incorporated? And how many more it will continue to kill..

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      “Ever wonder how many women & kids your local transit authority has killed..?”

      Yeah, when I lived in Chicago the CTA drivers painted little mommy and kid silhouettes on the bus right under their side window like fighter pilots did with swastikas and meatballs.

      o_O

  • avatar
    millmech

    As Michelle Mouton [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mich%C3%A8le_Mouton] has said:

    She once admitted that to be competitive in the rally, she tried to think of the large crowds right by the side of the route as trees.

    • 0 avatar
      Signal11

      My problem was that doesn’t work all of the time. At least for me.

      Most of the time, you aren’t thinking about the spectators at all. They don’t or barely register. You’re concentrating on the road, your instructions and the car. You’re driving so fast that it’s all a blur anyway.

      Then someone near or close to your path makes a particular sudden motion that registers to your brain as human motion. I don’t know why it happens in any given particular situation. Maybe it’s the angle and just the right spot between your peripheral and central vision, maybe it’s the color someone is wearing, I don’t know. But in an instant, your other instincts, your street driving instincts that tell you to slow the hell down want to kick in. Your foot lifts a tiny bit off the pedal and in many situations, that’s a call for disaster. At best, you’ve unsettled the car and have to fight to bet it back into line a little more. It’s insane.

      And of course, Michele Mouton drove at a time when the spectators were even nuttier. And at a higher level, with more spectators. Maybe she got it to work and the psychology of the best drivers are such that their focus either precludes this instinct or their confidence is such that it’s not an issue. For me, the proximity of spectators on rally stages is completely assinine. Not to mention that I never really got motorsports as a spectator sport in the first place.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    FWIW ; the U.S. of A. also has these mishaps constantly ~ my Son races AMA District 37 and I’ve seen some horrendous collisions between the racers and Spectators who insist in being too close to the action , they deliberately choose the corners etc. where they know in advance that get offs and rollovers etc. are likely and then get all pissy when some one gets hurt or a Child has to witness compound broken bones (means bones sticking out of bloody torn skin) and then has nightmares for months….

    Spain does suck unless you’re wildly rich ~ it has been so for well over 50 years , I have friends from Spain , rich friends , well educated who are sad they had to leave their country to be able to make a decent living .

    Mexico , the Dominican Republic , Barbados on an on are all wonderful places to vacation , not so much for the regular folks who have to live their miserable lives there , get real .

    -Nate

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