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2017-04-24 08:57

'RIP LI'L PILOT': Albert Costa Balboa posted this image dedicated to the late Gonzalo Basurto who lost his life in a karting incident this weekend at Fernando Alonso's racing track in Spain. Image: Twitter

Madrid - An 11-year-old boy has died Sunday from injuries sustained during a karting accident at two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso's track in northern Spain, the Spanish racing federation said.

The boy suffered a "serious accident" during a private practice session on Saturday at the track in Llanera in Alonso's home region of Asturias, it said in a statement.

He was not able to overcome his injuries and died in the early hours of Sunday (April 23), the statement added, without providing further details about the accident.

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Spanish media said the boy's kart crashed with another kart and flipped over, trapping him underneath.

The federation said an investigation into the accident was under way.

Alonso said in a Twitter message that he was "devastated" by the news of the boy's death.

"I woke up early this morning to one of the saddest days. Shattered. A big hug to the family of Gonzalo and all in karting." he added. The boy's hometown of Villarcayo declared an official day of mourning.

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