A Miss France beauty contestant has been crushed to death by a tractor while cycling along a rural road in the Loire region.
Morgane Rolland, 22, who finished runner-up in Miss Loire 2017, was killed on Friday last week when she veered to avoid a car as the farming vehicle overtook her.
Her bike was caught between the tractor and a trailer full of logs that it was pulling and she got pulled under the vehicle, local media reports.
Fire crews were first to arrive on scene and found Miss Rolland in cardiac arrest.
She was taken to hospital by helicopter but was declared dead on arrival.
Miss Rolland had been cycling with a male friend when the car pulled out of an alley that was hidden to the side of the road they were on, catching them by surprise.
They swerved to avoid hitting the vehicle, which took Miss Rolland into the path of the tractor.
Her male friend and the tractor driver were uninjured but ‘very shocked’ and were given assistance.
Sylvie Tellier, General Manager of Miss France, has paid tribute to the young victim on social media.
She said: ‘When fate steals the life of a young 22-year-old woman, we can only be upset by this tragedy.
‘Have a nice trip to the land of angels, beautiful Morgane! Deep thoughts for her parents, her fiance, her family and for the Miss Loire committee who had the opportunity to share moments of happiness with Morgane.’
The local firefighting department, where Morgane volunteered, also paid tribute to her, saying that their ‘thoughts went out to her colleagues and her loved ones.’
She was also a candidate in the Miss Rhone-Alpes 2018 beauty pageant, which is part of the Miss France contest and a stepping stone to becoming Miss France.
Firefighters from all over France have paid tribute to her, commenting on the local fire department’s Twitter post.
This article has been adapted from its original source.