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Car collides with podium stage at European championships

By:
Daniel Simms
Published:
July 01, 2009, 17:50 BST,
Updated:
July 01, 2009, 23:52 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Thursday, July 2, 2009
Race:
U23/Junior European Championship, Time trial: Junior Men

Elderly driver lost control of vehicle

An elderly man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into the podium stage while the Junior men's time trial was taking place at the European Championships in Hooglede-Gits, Belgium on Wednesday.

"A man of about 75 years lost control of his vehicle after confusing his brake and accelerator," Rik Debeausaert, president of the event's organising committee, told Nieuwsblad.be. "The car was finally halted at the stage. Fortunately there was only minor damage and no riders were affected. The driver and his wife were transferred to the hospital. An initial examination showed no malicious intent was involved."

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