Day 16: Omsk – Tyumen ( 632 km )

This morning the route began in a normal manner with everyone starting in their designated 1 minute interval, however today did not turn out to be a normal day.
About 2/3 of the way to Tyumen we were flagged down by some of the marshals who told us that the third time trial had been cancelled because of a nasty accident. Only later that night when we were back at the hotel did we discover the tragic incident that the marshals had been referring to. Sadly there had been an accident involving the Chevy truck taking part in the rally and a local car. The incident was a horrific head on collision which led to the loss of three lives, Emma Wilkinson who was driving in the rally, as well as the driver of the other car and a baby passenger.
It was a shock to us all to discover the news, especially as over the past few weeks we had gotten to know Emma and loved having her and her bubbly personality around.
Although we know the risks, it is easy to forget that we are not driving in normal cars, that they are not very safe, don’t have great breaks, airbags and in some cases even seat-belts.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Emma’s family and in particular her two young children.

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2 thoughts on “Day 16: Omsk – Tyumen ( 632 km )

  1. Rhiannon Jones

    Hi Team Illien 46
    Great to read your blog and see part of your journey – amazing…..
    Please pass on my most sincere condolences to Emma’s family. She was a wonderful and vibrant neighbour when I lived near Market Harborough……
    So travel safely and enjoy the novelty of comfortable hotel beds!!
    Love to you both.

  2. Diane & John Dickens

    So enjoying your log and pics. Hope the gearbox skyhooks hang-on for you!
    The sad news of Emma’s accident has been on all the news channels in UK and California.
    Did anyone else think that Lenin’s statue in Novosibirsk looked rather much like Marilyn Monroe’s staute in Chicago?!

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