Engg student dies during ‘Saddle Sore’ bike challenge


A 21-year-old engineering student from Kerala was killed in a road accident in Karnataka while taking part in a two-wheeler ride challenge, police said on Thursday.

Midhun, a final year student of a local college at Pambady in this district, was riding his bike when he met with the accident near Chitradurga on the Bengaluru-Pune National Highway at 4 am on Wednesday, police said here.

He was killed on the spot after his two-wheeler rammed into a lorry going ahead of him when its driver applied sudden brakes, police in Karnataka said. “The Kerala Police, quoting information provided by Midhun’s family, said he had a craze for speed bike riding and was participating in the Saddle Sore challenge that required riders to cover around 1,500 km in 22 hours.

The challenge is conducted by a US-based organisation. Midhun had embarked on the journey on Tuesday evening telling his mother that he was going to neighbouring Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu, police said.

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