A car reportedly driven by a drunk driver has collided with a group of young German tourists in northern Italy, killing six people at the scene and injuring a further 11.
- The incident happened in the village of Luttach, part of an area in northern Italy that is popular with German tourists
- Four people people remain in a critical condition in hospital
- The driver has been arrested on suspicion of highway mansalughter
The deadly crash occurred in the village of Luttach, near Bolzano in the Alto Adige region, shortly after 1am, local time, as the Germans were gathering to board their bus.
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.
The Lutago volunteer fire service said on Facebook that the six dead were killed at the scene.
The injured, four of whom were in critical condition, were taken to several regional hospitals, including two who were airlifted to a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, said Bolzano Carabinieri Commander Alessandro Coassin.
Sky TG24 quoted Italian carabinieri as saying the driver was from the nearby village of Chienes and had a high blood alcohol content.
Commander Coassin said the 28-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of highway manslaughter and injury, and was being treated at the hospital in Brunico.
A total 160 rescue workers and emergency medical personnel responded to the crash, the aftermath of which “looked like a battlefield,” Helmut Abfalterer of the Lutago volunteer fire service said
Later Sunday, mourners left candles and flowers at the crash scene, which was located along a two-lane road dotted by hotels and old piles of snow.
The accident occurred on the final long weekend of the Christmas and New Year’s holiday in Italy, which will be capped by Epiphany on Monday.