Dakar Rally Second driver to suffer serious crash
French driver Pierre Cherpin has been placed into an induced coma after suffering a serious crash on Stage 7 of the Dakar Rally.
The 52-year-old was driving at 178 kilometres per hour when his car crashed, and he was rushed to hospital in Sakaka as an emergency.
According to France TV, Cherpin underwent an operation to reduce an extradural haematoma between his skull and brain before being put into an induced coma.
Cherpin also suffered a collapsed lung and a broken rib in the accident.
This is the second serious incident to occur during the current edition of the Dakar Rally after CS Santosh was also put into an induced coma after a crash.