Rally Commission to meet in wake of tragedy

Members of the Rally Commission of the Czech Motorsport Federation have scheduled a meeting next week to discuss safety measures and possible restrictions. The move was prompted by a tragic crash on Saturday which claimed the lives of four people (a little girl and three young women) aged seven to 20. The accident happened during an amateur event in southern Moravia called the RallyShow Uherský Brod (not part of Czech championship). One of the cars flew off the road and grazed a concrete post before barreling into the onlookers. No one in the vehicle was hurt. Police are investigating whether the driver was at fault or if there was technical failure. Along with the four killed, two others were injured and had to be taken to hospital; their injuries are not life-threatening. At the scene, police psychologists attempted to console relatives and friends of the victims. Since 2002, at least 14 onlookers have died in similar incidents in the Czech Republic. In September of this year, a fan at the Barum Czech Rally was also hit by a race car and killed.

Author: Jan Velinger