The motorbike, which ran over Lin Ma Sang, has been badly damaged. Photo: Hoang Quynh
A Vietnamese motorbike escort rider was killed in a traffic accident while accompanying the Binh Duong International Women’s Cycling Tournament on Sunday.
Lin Ma Sang, 53, succumbed to multiple injuries at the hospital while his colleague Tran Ngoc Thach is being treated for a broken leg.
The accident happened while a team of escort motorbikes, accompanied by traffic police, were leading cyclists to the starting point, said Ngo Quang Vinh, an organizer of the event.
At a section in Binh Duong’s Dinh Quan District, Sang collided with a teammate from behind and fell down.
The accident was not fatal, but as he was still lying on the street, a different group of motorbikes stormed towards him.
One failed to stop in time and ran over Sang, causing serious injuries.
The unidentified rider was slightly injured.
Vinh said the escort motorbikes accompanying the race were traveling very slowly, at about 40 kph (25 mph), when the accident happened.
These outriders wore the race's uniforms and were not fully equipped with safety equipment, local media reported.
“We were being led by traffic police while members of the other motorbike group coming in at high speed and causing chaos,” news website VnExpress quoted Vinh as saying.
The other group of bikers was on a road trip from the Mekong Delta to the Central Highlands, VnExpress eported.
Following the accident, police have temporarily seized four involved motorbikes for further investigation.
The cycling event was later pedaled off for the second stage from La Nga to Bao Loc on Sunday as previously planned.
It is common when dozens of non-police escort motorbikes coordinate with local traffic police to clear the road and provide safety services for cycling events in Vietnam.