Family of German cyclist visits ghost bike, place cross at fatal accident site of two cyclists killed bicycling Route 66 in Kansas | Joplin Globe

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The white ghost bike on Front Street, which was created in memory of the two German cyclists who were recently killed in an accident on historic Route 66, was visited by family members Friday.

Harry Jung, 74, of Steinfurth, Germany, and Heinz-Gerd Buchel, 71, of nearby Bad Nauheim, were biking along Route 66 on May 8, about a mile west of Galena, when they were struck from behind by a minivan. The two were pronounced dead at the scene as they were traveling the Mother Road as part of a cycling trip.

Two of Buchel’s children, Anna and Simon, visited the ghost bike Friday afternoon, where they observed a moment of silence and placed two single white roses in honor of their father and Jung. The siblings also visited the site of the accident, where they placed a white cross in the grass. . . .

“The Route 66 community of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri have all been touched by this, and we want to continue to honor anybody who loses their life along Route 66,” [Patrick Tuttle, Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau Director] said. “The cycling communities between Miami and Joplin are also touched by this, as well. The ghost bike is kind of a national way of honoring people who have lost their lives by cycling.”

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