July 25, 2024
Motorsports

Ogier and co-driver Landais from the rally team hospitalized in Poland following crash

Accident Involving World Rally Champion Sébastien Ogier in Poland

WARSAW, Poland — Eight-time world rally champion Sébastien Ogier and co-driver Vincent Landais were hospitalized after a crash in Poland on Tuesday while preparing for this week’s race.

Ogier’s Toyota Gazoo Racing team said in a statement the French crew was “involved in a road accident during reconnaissance for Rally Poland and have been taken for medical checks.”

A police spokesman in Olsztyn, Tomasz Markowski, said a Toyota and Ford cars were involved near the northeast village of Wlosty, and four people were taken to hospital. The drivers were airlifted to hospital and the passengers were taken by ambulances, Markowski added.

Local police spokeswoman Marta Domańska said the crash occurred on a narrow, one-lane dirt road which was not closed to traffic. In the Ford were a 69-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman. She said no official rally route tests were taking place there at the time.

Police officers are investigating the site of a crash between the white Toyota of eight-time world rally champion Sebastien Ogier and co-driver Vincent Landais, right, and local residents’ Ford, left, that collided head-on on a local road near the village of Wlosty, near Goldap in northeastern Poland, Tuesday, June 25, 2024, while the Ogier and Landais were on a reconnaissance run ahead of this week’s Rally Poland. (Police Office in Goldap via AP Photo)

TV footage showed an ambulance helicopter in a field and police and firefighters at the site, and photos posted by Olsztyn police showed a white Toyota and a dark Ford with their fronts damaged.

The four-day Rally Poland is due to start on Thursday in a rural area not far from the border with Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave.

Sébastien Ogier, a legendary rally driver

  • Age: 40
  • Title: Eight-time world rally champion
  • Accomplishments: Six straight world titles from 2013-18, 60 rally wins

FAQ:

Q: What caused the crash in Poland?

A: The crash occurred on a narrow, one-lane dirt road involving a Toyota and a Ford.

Q: How are Sébastien Ogier and Vincent Landais doing after the crash?

A: They have been hospitalized and are undergoing medical checks.

Conclusion:

Sébastien Ogier’s accident in Poland highlights the risks involved in rally racing, even during reconnaissance runs. Our thoughts are with him and his co-driver Vincent Landais for a speedy recovery.

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