Six dead, two injured in Italy snowmobile accident: report

5th January 2013, Comments 0 comments

Six people died and two were seriously injured in a snowmobile accident in Italy's autonomous province of Trentino, authorities said Saturday.

The eight people involved in the accident at Mount Cermis late Friday were all Russian citizens, said a Russian consular official in Milan.

Rescue services said the eight had been riding aboard a snowmobile and attached sled on an unlit ski slope that was considered suitable only for expert skiers.

When the snowmobile veered off-course, they were all tossed towards the rocks below.

Four men and two women died, while the two injured -- including the driver -- were evacuated by helicopter, according to the daily La Stampa.

The driver and his wife, owner of a local hotel, were taking six tourists back to the hotel when the accident occurred.

© 2013 AFP

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