Car ploughs into German tourists in northern Italy, six dead

ROME (AP) — A car ploughed into a group of young German tourists in northern Italy yesterday, killing six people and injuring 11, Italian fire officials said. The deadly crash occurred in a village near Valle Aurina, near Bolzano in the Alto Adige region, shortly after 1am 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 that the six dead were killed at the scene. The injured, four of whom were in critical condition, were taken to several regional hospitals.

Sky TG24 said the driver was from the nearby village of Chienes. He was then arrested on suspicion of highway manslaughter and injury, and was being treated at the hospital in Brunico.

General view of a street where a car had ploughed into a group of tourists in Luttachin, the northern region South Tirol, Italy yesterday. PHOTO: AP