Originally created 05/13/02

Seven people, five spectators, injured in accidents at auto rally



BESANCON, France -- Seven people, including five spectators, were injured in two separate accidents Sunday at a local auto rally in eastern France.

The rally organizers, the Sports Automobile Association of Franche-Comte, called off the two-day rally after the second accident. Five of the injuries were termed serious, but none were life-threatening, police said.

A driver lost control of his vehicle and plowed into a crowd, seriously injuring three spectators and slightly injuring two others, police said.

Hours later, another contestant veered into a mechanic and a driver of another auto stopped on the side of the road, seriously injuring both men.