Spectator hit by Tour de France sponsor's vehicle

Tour de France advertising caravan is seen during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Wahagnies, northern France, Tuesday July 3, 2012.
AP Photo/Michel Spingler

(AP) BOULOGNE-SUR-MER, France - A spectator has been hit by a vehicle in the Tour de France publicity caravan, leaving him with a fractured leg.

Georges Bos, chief of staff for the Nord-Pas-de-Calais governor, tells The Associated Press the spectator was taken to a hospital and has "one or several fractures." The vehicle driver was not injured.

The accident happened in the town of Saint-Floris, about 45 miles after the start of the third stage between Orchies and Boulogne-Sur-Mer.

The caravan is made up of 160 vehicles promoting 33 brands. The vehicles may use the race route about one hour ahead of the main pack.

A boy was killed in 2000 and another in 2002 after being hit by sponsors' vehicles. Tour organizers then reduced the number of the vehicles on the course.