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Belgian Motorcyclist, Two Spectators Killed During Sixth Leg Of Dakar Rally

Belgian motorcyclist Eric Palante and two other spectators "were killed during Friday's sixth leg of the Dakar Rally," according to the AP. Organizers said that they "went out looking for the 50-year-old Palante after he failed to finish the fifth stage, which most riders completed on Thursday, and found his body along the route." The cause of death "was being investigated." Officials "offered few details." Police said that "two people following the race died on Thursday when their vehicle overturned in rough terrain in northern Argentina." The Dakar, raced over rugged terrain in difficult-to-control areas, "often produces fatalities" (AP, 1/11).