A woman from Brigstock has been killed in a head-on collision in Siberia while taking part in the Peking to Paris rally.
Mum-of-two Emma Wilkinson, 46, was killed after her 1970 Chevrolet C10 collided with a Volkswagen Polo, according to local police.
She was taking part in a vintage rally from Peking to Paris.
Emma’s partner and fellow participant Peter Davies was also in the car when the accident occurred on the Tyumen to Omsk federal highway yesterday (Wednesday, June 12), but was said to be unhurt.
A 31-year-old man and a baby who were passengers in the Polo were killed while a woman is in intensive care in hospital.
Local police said they believe the driver of the Polo may have fallen asleep at the wheel before crossing the carriageway into the path of the oncoming Chevrolet.
Organisers of the rally said: “Emma was driving when suddenly a Volkswagen car swayed off its lane and smashed right into their car.
“It was going at high speed, and one theory is the driver fell asleep.
“They were driving a Chevrolet C10 1970 which is a big, easy to see car. A man and a child in the VW Polo were also killed.
“Emma’s partner and fellow competitor, Peter Davies, is understandably shocked but unhurt.
“Emma was a fun-loving, lively and popular member of the rally.
“In the three weeks we’ve been together both she and Peter proved themselves to be capable, competent and resourceful.
“Their 1970 Chevrolet C10 pickup was a remarkable sight in the the Mongolian wilderness and today our thoughts and sympathies are with Emma’s family and friends including her two brothers Robert and Mark who are also with us.
“The Rally Office are working with the Local Police, the Foreign Office and the British Embassy to offer the family whatever assistance is needed at this difficult time.”