Man Dies in Tragic Accident During Enduro Race at Crested Butte

Man Dies in Tragic Accident During Enduro Race at Crested Butte

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Man Dies in Tragic Accident During Enduro Race at Crested Butte

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During the 3rd stage of the Crested Butte Enduro World Series this past Saturday, William Dean Olsen suffered a fatal chest trauma that left him unresponsive. Fellow competitors were on the scene shortly after, where they performed CPR on the victim for almost an hour. A paramedic with Care Flight pronounced the victim dead upon arriving on the scene.

The event has since been canceled. 

Here is what Enduro organizers had to say about the tragedy

“It is with the deepest regret that Big Mountain Enduro and the Enduro World Series announce that there was a serious accident during Stage 3, the first stage of Saturday’s race, resulting in the fatality of a competitor. The rider’s family has been informed and the competitor’s identity will be released in due course.

Emergency personnel immediately arrived at the scene. The competitor was treated on scene by medical personnel and transported to the nearest roadway. The Gunnison County medical examiner confirmed the fatality.

With respect for the rider and their family, this round of the Enduro World Series competition has been cancelled. Our deepest thoughts and sympathies go out to the rider’s family.”

Here is the official press release from the Mt. Crested Butte Police Department

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