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Snowmobile accident kills six in Italian Alps

05 january 2013, 18:24
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Members of the Italian Alpine rescue team and fireman take part in the rescue of six Russian tourists. ©AFP
Members of the Italian Alpine rescue team and fireman take part in the rescue of six Russian tourists. ©AFP
A snowmobile accident in the Italian Alps left six tourists dead and two others seriously injured Friday, AFP reports citing the ANSA news agency.

The eight -- all from eastern Europe, or Russia -- were riding on the vehicle across an unlit slope on Mount Cermis in the Trento region, rescuers said.

The snowmobile veered off the piste at an altitude of about 2,000 metres (6,550 feet) and overturned, ejecting its passengers, with some of them hitting rocks. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

The dead were identified as four men and two women. The two injured were evacuated by helicopter.

Mount Cermis was the scene of two deadly cable car accidents in 1976 and 1998. In the latter a US military plane cut a cable supporting a gondola of an aerial tramway.

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