British tourist killed in Berlin traffic accident

Police are investigating the death of a young British tourist visiting Berlin after he died from injuries sustained during a traffic accident last week.

British tourist killed in Berlin traffic accident
An ambulance driving in Berlin. Photo: DPA.

Berlin police said on Monday that transport authorities are investigating the death of a 23-year-old British citizen, who was hit by a car while crossing the street last Thursday.

Police said that at about 10.50 pm on Thursday, the young tourist was crossing the street in the Friedrichshain district while the traffic light for pedestrians was red.

A 26-year-old BMW driver was driving along the same street, Stralauer Allee, and hit the British man. The tourist sustained injuries to his legs, head and spine.

Emergency services rushed the man to hospital, where he died due to the injuries on Friday.

A spokesman from the British Embassy in Berlin verified to The Local that a British citizen died in a traffic accident last week.

“I can confirm that a British national was killed in a traffic accident last week and we have provided consular services to the family at this difficult time,” British Embassy spokesman William Gatward said.

Transportation authorities are still investigating the incident.


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German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident

Thirteen people, including German tourists, have been killed after a cable car disconnected and fell near the summit of the Mottarone mountain near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

German tourists among 13 dead in Italy cable car accident
The local emergency services published this photograph of the wreckage. Photo: Vigili del Fuoco

The accident was announced by Italy’s national fire and rescue service, Vigili del Fuoco, at 13.50 on Sunday, with the agency saying over Twitter that a helicopter from the nearby town of Varese was on the scene. 

Italy’s National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps confirmed that there were 13 victims and two seriously injured people.

Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported that German tourists were among the 13 victims.

According to their report, there were 15 passengers inside the car — which can hold 35 people — at the time a cable snapped, sending it tumbling into the forest below. Two seriously injured children, aged nine and five, were airlifted to hospital in Turin. 

The cable car takes tourists and locals from Stresa, a resort town on Lake Maggiore up to a panoramic peak on the Mottarone mountain, reaching some 1,500m above sea level. 

According to the newspaper, the car had been on its way from the lake to the mountain when the accident happened, with rescue operations complicated by the remote forest location where the car landed. 

The cable car had reopened on April 24th after the end of the second lockdown, and had undergone extensive renovations and refurbishments in 2016, which involved the cable undergoing magnetic particle inspection (MPI) to search for any defects. 

Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Twitter that he expressed his “condolences to the families of the victims, with special thoughts for the seriously injured children and their families”.

Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini told Italy’s Tg1 a commission of inquiry would be established, according to Corriere della Sera: “Our thoughts go out to those involved. The Ministry has initiated procedures to set up a commission and initiate checks on the controls carried out on the infrastructure.”

“Tomorrow morning I will be in Stresa on Lake Maggiore to meet the prefect and other authorities to decide what to do,” he said.