Six tourists die in snowmobile crash at Italian ski resort

Roshina Jowaheer
Six tourists die in snowmobile crash at Italian Alps ski resort
Six tourists die in snowmobile crash at Italian Alps ski resort

Rescue workers recover the bodies of the victims. PA



Six Russian tourists were killed and two others were injured when their snowmobile slammed into a fence and flipped over on a ski slope at a resort in north-east Italy.

According to The Associated Press, the incident took place on an unlit slope on Friday night.

Italian media reports suggest the four men and two women were killed when they were thrown into a deep ditch after the accident on a black run of Mount Cermis which was normally closed at night, the BBC reports.

Consul-general in Milan, Alexei Parmonov, identified the dead as Denis Kravchenko, Irina Kravchenko, Vyacheslav Sleptsov, Yulia Yudina, Lyudmila Yudina and Rafilya Pshenichnaya.

Six tourists die in snowmobile crash at Italian Alps ski resort
Six tourists die in snowmobile crash at Italian Alps ski resort

Rescue workers recover the bodies of the victims. PA



One of the dead women and an injured man worked in Italy in the tourist industry.

Parmonov said that Italian investigators suspected excessive speed had caused the crash.

He said that one of the injured men, Boris Yudin's 17-year-old son had stayed behind in their hotel and lost his mother and sister in the accident, while the boy's father was hospitalised with multiple fractures.

The BBC reports (citing La Repubblica) that the search operation was made more difficult because the victims ended up in a rocky and densely forested area beyond the ski run.

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