A 70-year-old motorcyclist died throughout the Ironman triathlon in Germany on Sunday after being concerned in a head-on collision with a competitor, police mentioned.
Police in Hamburg launched a press release Sunday confirming that the rider, who was carrying a digital camera operator on the time, collided with a 26-year-old triathlete throughout a portion of the race the place each lanes had been being utilized by contributors.
The incident, which was caught on stay protection of the race, confirmed athletes entering into reverse instructions on both facet of the street with escort bikes driving within the heart.
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“At 36 (kilometers) (22 miles) of the IRONMAN Hamburg bike course, a motorcycle race vehicle, carrying an official race photographer, was involved in a collision with a race participant,” Ironman organizers mentioned in an earlier assertion.
“It is with our deepest regret to confirm the passing of the motorcycle operator from a significant medical event. Our thoughts and care are with the family whom we will support as we are able while they go through this difficult time.”
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According to police, the triathlete was “seriously injured,” and the cameraman, 50, suffered from “shock.” Both had been transported to the hospital. The motorcyclist died on the scene.
“A closure of the race track was unavoidable in the area of the accident site,” police mentioned in a press launch. “Coming from the city center, the athletes had to get off in front of the accident site and cross it over the dike. In the direction of the city center, the race track was briefly diverted.”
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The stay stream ended because of the deadly crash, however the race continued.
“We are devastated by this tragic accident,” a press release from race organizers later learn. “On a day meant to be a celebration of the human spirit, we instead mourn the loss of a member of our triathlon community.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.