Vehicle hits crowd of German tourists in Luttach, Italy - 6 dead


A drunk driver ploughed into pedestrians in an Italian Alpine village on Sunday, killing six German tourists and injuring 11 other people, emergency services said. They were between the ages of 20 and 25.

The largely German-speaking autonomous region of northern Italy, with its ski resorts in the Dolomites and quaint villages around Bolzano, is popular with German tourists.

Reports suggest the group had left a nightclub and were waiting to get in a bus when the vehicle hit them.

A member of staff at the nearby Adler Tiroler Hotel, who did not want to be named, told Corriere Della Sera: "A bad scene - people on the ground, screaming, pain. a tragedy".

Italian carabinieri were quoted as saying the driver was believed to be a 28-year-old man from the area and had a high alcohol blood content at the time of the incident.

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He said police had concluded the crash was not an act of terrorism.

Six people were killed, a fire service official in Lutago told AFP, all of them German.

Those injured were taken to hospitals in South Tyrol and Innsbruck. Eleven other people were injured, including two from the region.

Not all of the group of tourists knew each other and not all of them had documents with them, the police said.

Arno Kompatscher, regional president of Alto Adige, told a press conference the victims were part of a group of young Germans on holiday. He expressed his condolences to their families and declined to provide further details pending notification to their loved ones.