Route 66 News

French tourist dies in motorcycle crash

An apparent Route 66 tourist from France died in a motorcycle crash Saturday on Interstate 40 west of Albuquerque, reported the Albuquerque Journal.

Erick Hamel, 53, of France died in the crash. The newspaper said he was part of a group of 15 who had landed in Albuquerque and were beginning a tour of America.

KRQE-TV in Albuquerque also had some details about the crash:

The event took a tragic turn shortly after when a female driver of one of the motorcycles lost control and hit the trailer of a semi. […] While officers were investigating they could not find the semi that was hit.

A video report:

The Journal said Hamel was a passenger. Both people on the motorcycle were wearing helmets, but Hamel’s was knocked off during the accident. The woman suffered minor injuries and is being treated at a local hospital. Neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be a cause.

The crash occurred near the Rio Puerco area west of Albuquerque. Route 66 in that section is unavoidable interstate. The accident closed I-40 for a few hours.