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Indian football fan dies in a car crash near FIFA World Cup venue: Report

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 1 July 2018, 12:33 IST

An Indian football fan died in a car crash near FIFA Football World Cup on Saturday near the tournament host city Sochi, Interfax news agency cited sources.

The incident, the first reported death of a World Cup visitor to Russia, was blamed by police on the driver, although Russian roads are notorious and claimed over 19,000 lives in 2017.

A statement released by the regional police department said a Russian taxi driver and an Indian citizen died at the scene and another Indian passenger was taken to hospital. It didn't say whether the victims held World Cup tickets.

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"Around 6.50 a.m. the duty officer of the Sochi police department was informed of a traffic incident on the road between Adler and Krasnaya Polyana," the statement said.

"According to preliminary reports, the Renault Logan taxi drove on the wrong side of the road, violating road regulations, and crashed into a bus," the statement said.

The mountainous road between the two southern resort towns is near the World Cup host city of Sochi, where on Saturday evening Uruguay is set to take on Portugal in one of the first games of the knockout stages of the tournament.

The person hospitalised as a result of the crash is in stable condition, the police statement.

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First published: 1 July 2018, 12:33 IST