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Cavern likely caused deadly rock slide that crushed family home

DDP/The Local · 5 May 2010, 09:02

Published: 05 May 2010 09:02 GMT+02:00

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The naturally occurring cavern in the town of Stein an der Traun had been used as a cellar, but also had a “major mechanical effect” on the rock fall and must be considered the cause of the accident, geological engineering Kurosch Thuro told daily Passauer Neue Presse.

The University of Technology Munich professor conducted a study on the deadly event for the local public prosecutor’s office, and plans to present the full results soon, the paper said.

According to Thuro, the cavern behind the home was about six metres deep and as tall as a man in some places. But behind the cavern, where the house-sized boulder was located, the engineer said he believes a crack developed over the course of more than 100 years.

“The causes of the rock slide began a very long time ago,” he told the paper.

Two people - a 45-year-old father and his 18-year-old daughter – were crushed when the enormous rock landed on their family home after falling from a 15-metre hillside above. The other two members of the family, the man’s 40-year-old wife and 16-year-old son, were severely injured in the accident.

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The family was reportedly together in the same room when the boulder surprised them around 7:40 pm.

DDP/The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

12:04 May 5, 2010 by GermanyBert
I think the German government should pass a law outlawing boulders from falling on houses.
17:20 May 5, 2010 by wmm208
Here is the fine German engineering and construction that is falling apart. And no money to repair. Schade.
18:26 May 5, 2010 by michael4096
I think the German government should pass a law outlawing boulders from falling on houses.
Here is the fine German engineering and construction that is falling apart. And no money to repair.
The answer has been staring us in the face all the time. Pesch is really the german civil engineering & cultural integration appropriations commission and cheesed off because his latest budget didn't get ratified. It explains so much.
19:57 May 5, 2010 by wmm208
Yes, now you can see what terrible work the foreign work program has developed. Being that no true native will ever "roll their sleeves up" or "get their hands dirty" so, the onslaught of poorly built housing will continue to crumble. I guess its also because of klimwandel. If you raise the current tax base to 60% you would eliminate klimwandel, poorly built houses and roads, and the coming banking crisis. Pay

02:41 May 6, 2010 by Christine1
wmm208 you use the word "schade" a lot in you comments. Just an observation.
14:02 May 6, 2010 by William Thirteen
uh oh! has wmm208 aka pesch again disappeared? who knows where he will turn up next!
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