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UK games worker dies in Baku crash

Published 24/06/2015 | 11:06

People walk near the giant ring with the flame of the 2015 European Games at the embankment of Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan (AP)
People walk near the giant ring with the flame of the 2015 European Games at the embankment of Caspian Sea in Baku, Azerbaijan (AP)

A British national working at the inaugural European Games has been killed in a road crash in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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The Briton, who has not been named, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an Azerbaijani, who was also killed in the incident yesterday, police spokesman Ehsan Zahid said.

British embassy spokeswoman Gunel Ahmedova said that the British individual had been employed by a company working on the ceremonies at the games.

Two more British nationals were taken to hospital, and were receiving consular assistance.

European Games chief operating officer Simon Clegg confirmed they were "aware of a road traffic accident", but would not comment further, saying "details of the incident are still being determined".

The incident took place on an avenue near accommodation for athletes, international media, and foreign games workers.

It is the second serious road incident at the games, which end on Sunday.

On June 11 three Austrian swimmers were struck by a bus in the athletes' village, leaving one, 15-year-old Vanessa Sahinovic, with severe spinal injuries.

California-based company FiveCurrents, which is working on the opening and closing ceremonies for the games, said the Briton who was killed had been working for one of its subcontractors, and expressed "great sadness" at the death.

"Three other team members also required immediate hospital treatment after the incident, and will be repatriated so they can receive further medical attention," FiveCurrents said in a statement released via games organisers.

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