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2 Maintenance Workers Electrocuted at Dakar Rally

January 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Arica, Chile – Two maintenance workers at the annual Dakar Rally were electrocuted in separate incidents this week.

A 46-year-old man who was working on setting up the decorations in Copiapo for the competitors of the off-road endurance race died Thursday, according to the Cooperativa radio station.

The man was helping erect a giant welcome banner for the competitors when a metal structure toppled over into some high-voltage cables electrocuting him.

The second man died on Friday while doing electrical work as he helped build a stage in the city of Arica which was to be used by Chilean President Sebastian Pinera to address the gathering, said the rally’s organisers in a statement.

The Dakar Rally, which originated in 1978, is an annual endurance race in which competitors compete in a number of types of vehicles over 13 stages.

The off-road cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads have to traverse over difficult terrain, including rocks, sand dunes and mud.

Story via NZHerald.co.nz

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