Thomas Bourgin, 25, a French national, motorcycle rider and team member of KTM Sportmotorcycle AG
, an Austrian motorcycle manufacturer, collided with a Chilean police
vehicle at kilometer 140 of Route 27, near the Jama border crossing of the Andes.
The accident occurred at about 8:30 in the morning
when competitors were preparing to cross the international border in the seventh stage of the race covering a distance of 586 kilometers between the cities of Calama, Chile and Salta, Argentina.
Bourgin, the youngest French national in the competition, was in position 68th in the overall ranking
, and this was his first Dakar. Bourgin's motorcycle, with the number 106, hit the police car at high speed and died instantly.
The young French racer becomes the third fatality among competitors of the Dakar Rally in South America in the five versions of the extreme off-road competition. Eight other people including spectators and individuals not involved with the race have also died in Perú, Argentina and Chile since 2009, when the race moved from Africa to South America. Two people, not part of the competition, died yesterday in Peru
in a multiple collision that involved two local cars and two vehicles connected with the competition.
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