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Lance Armstrong feels ‘incredible sadness’ about Michigan cyclists’ fatal crash

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KALAMAZOO COUNTY, Mich. -- World-famous cyclist Lance Armstrong is offering his condolences to those affected by the Kalamazoo County bicycle crash that killed five and injured four riders.

A pick-up truck crashed into a group of cyclists Tuesday in the 5500 block of N. Westnedge Avenue around 6:30 p.m.

A 50-year-old driver was arrested near the crash scene.

Police received calls about a pickup truck driving erratically prior to the crash, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said.

Armstrong  says he found out about the crash Tuesday night and couldn't believe what he was reading.

"This is so sad and so tragic," Armstrong told FOX 17. "Certainly in my 30 years of riding, I've never seen anything like this."

Armstrong also praised the spirit of the cycling community and encouraged cyclists to continue doing what they love.

"I think there's unity among the sport," he said. "I think putting the bike up for good and not getting back out on the road is the wrong thing to do."

He added that he would love to come to Kalamazoo and participate in a tribute ride - if his schedule allows.

Armstrong also posted a photo and message on his Instagram account Wednesday saying he felt "incredible sadness" about the crash.

Two of the people injured in the crash are being treated at Borgess Medical Center. One of them is in critical condition and the other is in fair condition, according to a Borgess spokesperson.

The other two victims are being treated at Bronson Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson.  They are both listed in serious condition. All victims were adults, Getting later clarified Tuesday night.

 

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