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British Rally Driver Dies in Siberia Crash

NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia, June 12 (R-Sport) — A British driver was among three people, including a baby, who were killed in a car crash in Siberia, local police said.

The unnamed female driver, 46, was driving a classic Chevrolet in a 12,500-kilometer car rally from China to France.

Emma Wilkinson

"A road traffic incident involving a vintage car, which was taking part in the Peking-Paris rally, happened June 12 at 1:40 p.m. at the 212th kilometer of the Tyumen-Omsk federal highway," the Tyumen region police department said in a statement.

"The driver of the Chevrolet car, a 46-year-old female resident of Great Britain, died."

The incident was a head-on crash between the British driver's Chevrolet 6 Tourer and a Volkswagen Polo, police said. Of the Polo's passengers, a 31-year-old man and a baby died, while a woman is in intensive care in a hospital.

The Peking to Paris rally is an event set up in honor of a 1907 endurance rally that was a landmark in early motor-sport history.

Drivers travel 12,500 kilometers over 33 days, starting from a section of the Great Wall of China, and competitive time trial sections are included.

When contacted by R-Sport, the rally's organizers declined to comment on the crash and said they were preparing to release a statement.

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