Several injured after horses bolt at Cologne Karneval

At least three people were seriously injured at the Cologne Karneval when horses pulling a carriage bolted and ran into a crowd on Monday. The parade was temporarily stopped.

Several injured after horses bolt at Cologne Karneval
Illustrative photo: DPA

Police said that the incident happened at around 2.30 pm on Appelhofplatz. The horses were pulling a coach belonging to the Treue Husaren.

At this stage reports on the number of injured people vary. Police have confirmed that several people were injured.

The Kölner Stadt Anzeiger reports that four people were injured, According to its report, one woman was run over by the coach and had to be brought to hospital.

Broadcaster ARD reports that crowds at the site of the accident were “shocked and aggressive.” There were several emergency service vehicles at the scene.

The parade was temporarily stopped, but authorities announced shortly before 3.30 pm that proceedings had commenced once again.

According to the Rheinische Post there have been fierce arguments in recent years over whether horses should be allowed at the parade, which is the biggest in Germany and attracts over a million spectators.

There have been several accidents involving horses in the past and the Cologne Carnival Committee recently tightened the rules for how horses can be used.



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.