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Rally car strikes Irish crowd; 2 killed, 7 hurt

Police at the scene of crash at a rally race in Bailieboro, Ireland, Sunday, May 27, 2012. Two people were killed and seven injured when a race car went out of control on a rural Irish road and crashed into a crowd of about 30 spectators.
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(CBS/AP) DUBLIN - Police say two people have been killed and seven injured after a race car went out of control on a rural Irish road and crashed into a crowd of about 30 spectators.

Sunday's accident highlighted the regular dangers posed to drivers and viewers alike by Ireland's annual high-speed contests on hedge-lined, narrow country roads.

Organizers of the Cavan Stages Rally involving about 100 souped-up cars in the border county of Cavan canceled the event following the accident.

Police and the race organizer, Motorsports Ireland, both launched investigations into what went wrong.

Police identified the two dead as a 29-year-old woman from Cork, southwest Ireland, and a 50-year-old male photographer from the western city of Galway.

The car's driver and co-driver were among the seven injured.

Last weekend a car competing in a road race through a village in southern France lost control and smashed into a crowd of spectators, killing two and injuring at least 15.

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