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Boss says crash that killed experienced cyclist in Tour of Kansas City event was ‘freak accident’

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A cyclist who died after suffering a severe crash during a cycling competition in Kansas City on Sunday was an experience cyclist, according to his boss at 'Big Shark Bicycle' in St. Louis.

Police said a male cyclist, later identified as Casey Saunders, crashed into a railing around 1:30 p.m. near 18th and Oak Streets and died as a result of a head injury. He was wearing a helmet.

Saunders was participating in the Tour of Kansas City race, a "multi-day cycling festival celebrating health, fitness, and the City of Kansas City while promoting the cycling culture," according to the event's website.

A witness said the man who was killed was part of the fastest group of riders in the event.

Witnesses screamed for an ambulance as they rushed to the man bleeding on the street. One witness said it took more than 10 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

Saunders was a service manager at 'Big Shark Bicycle.' He was 30-years-old.