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Family of four killed at car rally

BIELLA, Italy -- A family of four has been killed at an amateur car rally in northwest Italy.

Police have questioned the driver of the car that flew off the course and hurtled through the bushes and trees that lined the road.

The crash happened late on Friday during the final qualifying round of the RallyLana race in Biella, about 60 miles west of Milan, along a straight patch of road leading into a double curve, race officials said.

In its path were Domenico Bartolino, 53, his wife, Marta Paola Sado, 41, and their children, Simone, 13, and Eleonora, six.

All but the youngest were killed immediately; Eleonora died on the way to hospital, police said.

Driver Enrico Lavino Zona, 42, was braking ahead of the turn when his Ford Escort skidded and left the road.

The car landed upside down. Neither the driver, Zona, nor the navigator, Elena Camusso, were hurt.

An event organiser, Emanuele Gubernati described Zona as "speechless" and "desperate" over the crash, the Italian news agency ANSA said.

Police were investigating whether driver error or mechanical problems caused the crash. While the Carabinieri investigate, organisers have suspended the race.







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