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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-18

One Tour de France spectator has been killed and two others injured after being hit by a police motorbike on the 14th stage, the French gendarmerie has confirmed. It was the first fatal accident on the Tour since 2002.

REUTERS - One person was killed in an accident involving a motorcycle on the Tour de France, the French gendarmerie said on Saturday.

 

"We can confirm that one person has died. The circumstances are still somewhat unclear," Alain Fontaine, a spokesman for the gendarmerie, told Reuters.

 

"A woman crossed the road and was hit by a Republican Guardsman on a motorcycle. Then the motorcycle slid and hit one or two more people."

 

The Republican Guard are the ceremonial unit of the gendarmerie.

 

The accident happened after the 38.5-km mark, in the town of Wittelsheim, on the route of the 14th stage of the three-week cycle race over 199 kms from Colmar to Besancon.

 

It was the first fatal accident on the Tour since 2002, when a child died after being hit by a car from the publicity caravan.

 

Date created : 2009-07-18

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