British driver Paul Green and co-driver Matthew Harrison were in serious condition after being involved in a crash during the first stage of the Dakar rally yesterday, it has emerged.
Both men were taken to hospital after their Rally Raid UK car flipped during the stage and have been there since.
"Green is suffering from a blow to the thorax and spine," the head of the Santa Rosa hospital's intensive care unit Juan Jose San Emerito told the Telam news agency.
"We are trying to remove him from the breathing apparatus. His situation is serious but with a favourable outlook, although with this type of injury can only be judged by what happens over several days as complications can occur."
"(Harrison's condition) is serious and the situation has not changed."
Meanwhile, in yesterday's stage, a TV helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing after its rotors stopped when it was just 20 metres off the ground.
Although it plummeted to the ground, no one was hurt.