KCK Man Dies in Street Luging Accident

By: AP
By: AP

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ A 28-year-old man died in a weekend street luging accident in Kansas City, Kansas, police said.

The accident happened about 8 p.m. Saturday in Rosedale Park, police said.

In street luging, riders lie down on street luges, which are built on wheels and can be five to eight feet long. The extreme sport, which debuted in the 1995 X Games, is also referred to as ``downhill skateboarding'' or ``laydown downhill skateboarding.''

According to police, the man was going down a road on a luge about five feet long when he lost control and hit a tree. He died on impact. His name has not been released.

Police said the man was wearing a helmet as well as protective leather. He was preparing for an unsanctioned event for street luging scheduled for Sunday in the park, police said.

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