Motorcyclist Death Temporarily Stops Pikes Peak Practice

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The death of a motorcycle racer caused organizers of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to suspend the rest of the day's practice and qualifying.​ A fatal crash by a motorcycle racer forced organizers of the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to cancel the rest the event's qualifying and practice for the day. The accident reportedly happened somewhere between the Devil's Playground area and the top of the course before 9:00 AM local time, according to The Gazette newspaper.

At this time, the rider's identity has not been released, but the county coroner confirmed to The Gazettethat he was called to the scene. Other riders noticed the person was missing when they set off together on a practice run, but one of them did not make it to the finish. Autoblog spoke to a race official who said an official announcement of what happened would be released later.

This rider is the sixth person to be fatally injured while competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In 2014, motorcycle racer Bobby Goodin lost his life in a crash during the race. Before him, the last death was in 2005.

The Gazette also reported that as many as six people may have been hit by lightning at the event while sitting in a vehicle, but at least five of them were cleared by medical personnel.

This article originally appeared on MSN.

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