British motorcyclist is killed in a head-on collision with tank truck in Russia
British motorcyclist is killed in a head-on collision with tanker on Russia's notorious Road of Bones two weeks before his 70th birthday
- 69-year-old retired aviation worker killed in Russia's remote Yakuita area
- He was on a motorbike ride through Eastern Russia when he came across an oncoming truck
- Man, probably from West Sussex, was two weeks after his 70th birthday
A British tourist died during a motorcycle crash on Russia's notorious & # 39; Road of Bones & # 39; in Eastern Siberia, just two weeks before his 70th birthday.
Graham Vavangas, 69, presumably from West Sussex, was killed in a head-on collision with a Scania tank truck in the remote Yakutia region, Russian reports say.
He participated in a road trip from the Russian Far East when he lost control of his bike and hit the approaching tanker, the Russian media message.
Graham Vavangas, 69, presumably from West Sussex, died when he lost control of his bike and found an approaching truck in Russia's remote Yakuita area
Mr. Vavangas took part in a road trip through Eastern Russia when he lost control of his BMW bike and hit the truck
The Road of Bones – also known as the Kolyma Highway – was built by Stalin by Gulag prisoners, many of whom died during construction.
It got its grim nickname because many of them were buried under or alongside the route, which winds through Russia's coldest region where winter temperatures can drop below -70F (-60C).
The accident was about 200 kilometers northeast of the capital Yakutsk, on the way to the remote village of Khandyga.
The somber route has become popular with foreign tourists in recent years.
Mr. Vavangas had been on a mammoth journey that began in Vladivostok and he was on his way to the Pacific port of Magadan when he was killed.
Mr. Vavangas was two weeks from his 70th birthday when he died in the accident
This tanker came in the opposite direction when it was believed that Mr. Vavangas had lost control of his bike and hit it
Interpreter Alexander Pakhomov said: "Graham Vavangas from Britain has been killed.
& # 39; He would have turned 70 on July 25. We met on Sunday in Yakutsk for the excursion for a group of cyclists.
& # 39; They were planning to reach Magadan. Their journey had begun in Vladivostok. & # 39;
Before his death on Monday, the tourist had placed a brand new reward in his & # 39; adventure of astonishing proportions & # 39; that drove through Russia.
& # 39; The great distances through this vast country, beautiful landscapes, fascinating traditional Russian villages and life, all packed, arranged and guided by very experienced and responsible guides, & # 39; he said.
The Road of Bones (file image) earned its grim name because it was built by Gulag prisoners, many of whom died in the structure and were either buried under or next to the building.
& # 39; One of the most interesting and illuminating motorcycle rides that you can join, giving you a snapshot and a better understanding of Russia from west to east.
& # 39; Highly recommended. & # 39;
He was traveling with a Canadian tourist.
The British Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided consular assistance to the bereaved.
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