WRC Rally Argentina: Six fans hospitalised, one left in intensive care

Six spectators injured in Hayden Paddon's crash in SS9 of Rally Argentina
Six fans were hospitalised and one left in intensive care on Saturday after Hayden Paddon's crash in Rally Argentina.

Two were flown to hospital after the incident in Capilla del Monte-San Marcos 2, the penultimate test on day two. The other four were taken by road.

One person has since been discharged, but the rest suffered fractures of one kind or another and have been kept in for observation. At least one has needed surgery.

The latest statement from the organisers reads:

“At 03:10 pm an alarm regarding an accident was received in SS9 for car #20 and the emergency plan was put in place.

Event medical personnel immediately assisted and two patients were taken to the helicopter point. By 3:30 pm they were taken to the closest hospital. The remaining four injured persons were taken by road transport to regional hospitals.

The condition of the injured people is as follows:

*Male. 23 years old. Broken jawbone. The patient is under observation.
*Male. 24 years old. Minor injuries in lower limbs. The patient has been discharged.
*Male. 30 years old. Open leg fracture and the patient is undergoing surgery.
*Male. 25 years old. Multiple fractures and the patient is under observation in intensive care.
*Male. 25 years old. Thoracic trauma and a fracture. The patient is under observation.
*Male. 54 years old. Thoracic and abdominal trauma and stable pelvis fracture. The patient is stable and referred to a hospital in Cordoba for assessment.

Updates will be issued as they become available and the organiser takes the opportunity to extend their very best wishes to the injured people.”

Meanwhile, Paddon has admitted that a “small mistake after a jump” was the reason for the crash.
by Rob Wilkins

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