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Auto spectators used as speed bumps? In Chile, that's how they roll

Dec 28, 2009, 6:20 PM EDT

While exciting, I usually wouldn’t post about a racing wipeout because they’re fairly common. Except that this one — during an off-road National Championship rally race in Chile — involves spectators being knocked over like bowling pins. And not only does driver Jody Cerrone pick up the spare when he fails to negotiate a curve in the mountainous track, but he then does something truly unexpected. He speeds off to finish the race.
That’s called joining the pit crew involuntarily (fat guys make for the best traction when trying to get back onto the roadway). Video following the jump.


From Tru TV:

Waiting for Cerrone at the finish line: Lots of cops. Hey, at least he pulled forward to free the people pinned under the car before he sped off. That’s got to count for something.
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Off Road Rally Race Accident [TruTV]

  1. art - Dec 29, 2009 at 1:48 AM

    wouldn’t you kindof expect to get run over standing in such a stupid place?

  2. ct - Dec 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    yes, I would expect people who stand is such stupid places to eventually get run over. If he gets in trouble with the police they should quit running rally races in Chile, or maybe force people to actually think? about taking responsibility for themselves. Otherwise you might as well declare a speed limit and quit calling it racing.

  3. PC not for me - Dec 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Hmm…if he’s not trained to provide aid to the wounded and his car is going to block the way for the rest of the racers, he may as well finish the race. It’s not like they don’t know who it was or where he’s going to be…

  4. IvanAp - Dec 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Honestly, anyone standing on the outside bank of these rallys are just asking for it. Rarely do they ever cut too sharp, but going wide or a over fishtail drag is common. This is a race, the drivers can not be held responsible for people standing in the potential path of the vehicle. It would be like letting people stand on the track in Nascar and then holding the driver accountable for hitting them.