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  • European Games Worker Killed in Car Accident -- On the Scene


    (ATR) A British national working with the ceremonies team at the inaugural European Games has been killed in a road crash in Baku.

    The victim has not been named. Three additional members of the team, contracted by FiveCurrents, a U.S.-based event production company, were also involved in the June 23 incident. All received medical care at a local hospital.

    They were passengers in a vehicle driven by an Azerbaijani, who was also killed, the Associated Press reported.

    “It is with great sadness that FiveCurrents confirms that a member of its production team died following a traffic incident on Baku’s Heydar Aliyev Prospekti on 23 June," FiveCurrents said in a statement Wednesday. 

    “Three other team members also required immediate hospital treatment after the incident and will be repatriated so they can receive further medical attention," the company said. Two of them are reportedly British nationals.

    “We are thankful to the Baku 2015 organizing committee, the Azerbaijan Ministry of Health and the British Embassy in Baku who were of great assistance in delivering medical care and consular services for all involved.”

    Baku 2015 chief operating officer Simon Clegg spoke briefly about the traffic accident at a scheduled Wednesday morning news conference, but did not provide additional details.

    The Games opening was marred when three Austrian synchronized swimmers were hit by a bus in the athletes' village on June 11, the day before the ceremony. One of them, 15-year-old Vanessa Sahinovic, was left with severe spinal injuries.

    After the incident, changes were made to bus lane procedures and drivers were warned to be more cautious.

    FiveCurrents has also worked with Rio 2016, developing the bid’s creative platform and delivering the Brazilian cities’ winning presentation to the IOC in October 2009.  The ceremonies production company also collaborated with London 2012 and Sochi 2014, and has been involved with 11 Olympic Games.

    The inaugural European Games close on Sunday.

    Reported in Baku by Brian Pinelli

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