The Race2Recovery blog: Tragic traffic accident
Late last night some distressing news reached camp about a road traffic accident involving one of the team’s support vehicles. Justin Birchall, who retired from the rally during stage 4, Lee Townsend, a team mechanic, and the team’s logistics expert, John Winskill, were involved and have been badly injured. They’ve been transferred to a hospital in Lima. Two other vehicles were also involved in the accident and two people received fatal injuries.
In the bivouac, there was an obvious sense of shock. Race2Recovery is a close-knit team who have been through a lot together. Team Principal Quinn Evans gave everyone the news and the team agreed that they’d continue in the rally. Everyone went about their business in a professional manner and this morning, Race2Recovery’s two remaining Wildcat’s left the bivouac to begin the 6th stage across the Atacama Desert.
Captain Tony Harris, one of the founders of the Race2Recovery team said, “Our hearts go out to the families and relatives of those who have died in this tragic accident and we offer them our condolences and sympathy. Our entire team has been struck by the friendliness and support we have received from the Peruvian people since arriving for the Dakar Rally.”
I’ll keep everyone updated when we know more.Tagged in: Dakar Rally, land rover, Race2Recovery, tony harris
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