Briton dies in Bolivian bike accident

Land Cruiser ploughs into cyclists before plunging off the road

One British mountain biker has died and two others have been injured in an accident which initial reports suggest killed eight other people on a treacherous mountain road in the Bolivian Andes.  

The incident occurred on the notorious Highway of Death between Bolivia’s capital La Paz and the town of Coroico. Britain's Embassy in La Paz has named the UK victim as 22-year-old Tom Austin.

Reports state he was struck by a Toyota Land Cruiser which subsequently plunged off a road that has earned its chilling nickname courtesy of the frequent fatal crashes in which vehicles can tumble thousands of feet down the mountainside.

The other British cyclists injured in the collision have been named as Daniel Roberts, 23, and James Marshall, 22. Mr. Marshall, speaking from his hospital bed, said the Land Cruiser was attempting to pass the group and lost control after a tyre burst, ploughing into the riders before plummeting over the edge of the track.

The route has become a Mecca for thrill seeking off-road cyclists, with adventure companies in La Paz supplying bikes, transport and local guides for those wishing to enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery from the saddle.

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