Early leader Juho Hanninen has crashed out of the Monte Carlo Rally in the first stage of leg three.
The Skoda driver had dropped back to third place late on Thursday when he picked up a puncture, and his fightback proved to be short-lived as he went off the road and out of the event in this morning's snowy Montauban sur l'Ouveze to Eygalayes stage.
Peugeot UK's Kris Meeke also had a heavy accident on a patch of black ice in the same stage, taking him out of fourth place. Meeke and co-driver escaped injury, although the car sustained severe damage.
Sebastien Ogier (Peugeot) continues to lead the event, and is now nearly two minutes ahead of Toni Gardemeister (Astra Abarth), who leapt to second this morning thanks to a correct tyre choice in the difficult conditions. Freddy Loix is third.
The rally will resume this evening with four night stages, before concluding in the early hours of Saturday morning.