Luge track closed by coroner

By BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

VANCOUVER -- The Whistler Sliding Centre is closed while officials from the British Columbia Coroners Service investigate the death of a Georgian luger who died Friday morning in a training session.

Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, crashed in the final training session Friday morning. The Whistler Sliding Centre is the fastest sledding track in the world.

“The facility is currently closed for the purpose of this investigation,” BCCS provincial director Jeff Dolan told QMI. “Once the coroner or other investigators determine it’s safe to reopen the track, they will do so.”

Dolan said the luger’s fatal injuries will be examined, the equipment and track will be inspected and a detailed account of the incident will be compiled.


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