Five charged in collapse of German ice rink

24th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

24 April 2007, Bad Reichenhall, Germany (dpa) - Charges have been filed against five persons in connection with the collapse of an indoor ice rink that left 15 dead in southern Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday. Four men involved in the construction of the 32-year-old building face charges of negligence resulting in death and injuries when its wooden roof collapsed under the weight of snow on January 2, 2006. The fifth accused is a civil engineer who gave the building a clean bill of health during an inspe

24 April 2007

Bad Reichenhall, Germany (dpa) - Charges have been filed against five persons in connection with the collapse of an indoor ice rink that left 15 dead in southern Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Four men involved in the construction of the 32-year-old building face charges of negligence resulting in death and injuries when its wooden roof collapsed under the weight of snow on January 2, 2006.

The fifth accused is a civil engineer who gave the building a clean bill of health during an inspection conducted three years before the accident in the winter resort of Bad Reichenhall.

Investigations into the cause of the accident uncovered shortcomings in the planning and construction of the ice rink.

Experts said the flat roof, held up by massive wooden beams which were formed out of many layers of wood glued together, failed under the weight of new snow.

Twelve children and three women, all locals, were killed by the falling roof.

DPA

Subject: German news

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