Tragic moment a rally driver loses control just before killing a teenage fan

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Tragic moment a rally driver loses control just before plowing into a group of spectators killing a teenage fan and injuring five others

  • 19-year-old died on the spot while a 17-year-old was picked up by air ambulance 
  • Driver, named locally as Jean-Charles Beaubelique, 47, competing in French rally
  • French Motor Sports Federation has now cancelled the Rallye des Cardabelles

A 19-year-old boy was killed and five people were seriously injured today when a rally car driver spun out of control during a race.  

Shocking footage shows the driver careering around a corner before veering off the track and flying through the air towards spectators of the Rallye des Cardabelles in the south of France.

The 19-year-old boy died on the spot while a 17-year-old boy had to be flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Toulouse in a serious condition. 

Three others spectators, believed to be aged 21, 31 and 58, and the driver were also injured.  

The driver, named by local media as Jean-Charles Beaubelique, 47, was coming out of a hairpin bend as he spun out of control and seemed to fly through the air. 

The spectators who were injured had been standing in a forbidden spot next to the track. 

A 19-year-old boy died on the spot while a 17-year-old boy had to be flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Toulouse in a serious condition when a driver at the Rallye des Cardabelles spun out of control today

Three others spectators, believed to be aged 21, 31 and 58, and the driver were also injured

A 19-year-old boy died on the spot while a 17-year-old boy had to be flown by air ambulance to a hospital in Toulouse in a serious condition when a driver at the Rallye des Cardabelles spun out of control today

The driver, named by local media as Jean-Charles Beaubelique, 47, was coming out of a hairpin bend as he spun out of control and seemed to fly through the air

The driver, named by local media as Jean-Charles Beaubelique, 47, was coming out of a hairpin bend as he spun out of control and seemed to fly through the air

The French Motor Sports Federation said in the early afternoon that the rally was cancelled. 

A spokesman told Midi Libre: ‘The organisation has decided to stop the rally so that all necessary means are provided to the victims.

‘The FFSA extends its deepest condolences to the family as well as to the relatives of the victim.’

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