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Colombian reporter killed in crash

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A Colombian reporter was killed when his car crashed on a sharp mountain bend while he was doing a live broadcast Wednesday of a cycling race. RCN radio said Alberto Martinez, 52, was riding in an SUV, watching riders compete in the Tour de Colombia when the brakes apparently failed and the vehicle hit a side barrier before flipping over. Another two reporters, a radio technician and the driver were injured and rushed to hospital, RCN said. "The pair riding out front are heading for the final stage ... it's (cyclist Mauricio) Soler, Soler!" were

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By The Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) – A Colombian reporter was killed when his car crashed on a sharp mountain bend while he was doing a live broadcast Wednesday of a cycling race.

RCN radio said Alberto Martinez, 52, was riding in an SUV, watching riders compete in the Tour de Colombia when the brakes apparently failed and the vehicle hit a side barrier before flipping over.

Another two reporters, a radio technician and the driver were injured and rushed to hospital, RCN said.

“The pair riding out front are heading for the final stage … it’s (cyclist Mauricio) Soler, Soler!” were Martinez’s final words before a loud bang is heard.

“This is the worst accident during the 55-year history of the Tour de Colombia,” said Colombian Cycling Federation chief Hetore Sanviovanni, who was traveling in a car just behind the RCN vehicle and witnessed the accident.

Martinez had been with RCN for 20 years and was one of Colombia’s most famous commentators, specialized in cycling and soccer. He was due to commentate at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.