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Dutch skier (28) dies after falling into a steep glacier in Austria |  abroad

Dutch skier (28) dies after falling into a steep glacier in Austria | abroad

A 28-year-old Dutch woman was killed in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps, southeast of Innsbruck, on New Year’s Day. It is already the second fatal skiing accident in more than a week.

The woman was in the company of three other Dutchmen, two men and another woman. The quartet had begun descending the red slope of the Hintertux Glacier ski area towards the valley around 10:15 am when the 28-year-old and the 27-year-old both collapsed.

The 28-year-old slid down the slope for 100 metres, passed through a safety net and is said to have been catapulted 20 meters into the air and landed on a tree. According to the Tiroler Tageszeitung newspaper, the woman was seriously injured and the help was of no avail.

rescue helicopter

The other woman slipped over the edge of the cliff and was seriously injured in the fall. She was taken by rescue helicopter to the Kufstein Hospital and then transferred to a hospital in Innsbruck. The two Dutch men who got off before the two victims were unharmed.

Half an hour later there was another skiing accident on the scene. A 55-year-old German was seriously injured in the fall and was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Innsbruck. Later in the day, on roughly the same slope, a German suffered a serious eye injury after crashing into a barrier for unknown reasons.

Sledge second dead

He is the second Dutch skier to die in a short time in an accident on the Austrian slopes. On Christmas Day, a 12-year-old girl lost her balance at about four in the afternoon: she fell off a ledge and hit a tree. On the same day, a 62-year-old Dutch woman was seriously injured after colliding with a 54-year-old German. It was also in Austria, in Kitzbühel.

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