Two British men die after car plunges off 1000ft mountain in Austria

Brits thought to have been killed in Alpine road race

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Two British men die in 1000ft mountain plunge in Austria

Two British men have died after their car careered 1000ft off a mountain during a rally in Austria.

The crash happened on the Grossglockner High Alpine Road, named after Austria's highest mountain, at around 7.45am on Friday.

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According to Sky News, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reported that the men, aged 22 and 25, lost control of their car on the hairpin road at the Fuscher Törl mountain pass, about 2,400m (7,874ft) above sea level.

Two British men die in 1000ft mountain plunge in Austria

They crashed through the guard rail and plunged around 300 metres (984ft).

The Metro reports that police spokeswoman Eva Wenzl said the accident occurred as the pair were racing another car on the stretch of road, going at speeds up to 124mph.

They lost control of their car near the mountain village of Fusch, 60 miles east of Innsbruck, reports the Mirror.

Two British men die in 1000ft mountain plunge in Austria

Pictures have emerged from the scene, where a helicopter recovered the wreckage of the car and it was loaded onto a recovery truck.

The driver of the other car, thought to be a Porsche, reportedly initially did not stop following the accident, but has now been identified.

The Foreign Office confirmed the deaths and said it was ready to provide consular assistance to the families.

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