Area accidents take 3 lives

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three men have died in area accidents since Tuesday, one following a scooter accident in Renens, near Lausanne, another when his paraglider crashed near Ollon and the other in an avalanche in Trient, canton Valais.

A man died in hospital in Sion Tuesday 19 March, a day after he was caught in an avalanche near Trient, canton Valais. The 28-year-old Swedish man was snowboarding off-piste Monday afternoon at about 13:40, at 2,000 metres, when he triggered off a snow drift avalanche. He was found, thanks to his avalanche detector device, under 1.8 metres of snow, by the Chamonix mountain rescue gendarmerie. He was on the north/northeast slope of the Tête de Balme, an area known as
La Grand’Jeur.

A 51-year-old man from the region died near Ollon, in the Vily area, Tuesday 19 March when his paraglider crashed. The cause of the accident is unknown. Witnesses immediately called emergency services, but the rescue team declared him dead at the scene.

Tuesday, a 25-year-old man from Monts-sur-Lausanne died in hospital, a day after his scooter hit a Lausanne TL bus at 22:15 on Avenue Longmalle in Renens. He was heading towards the Provence roundabout when his scooter veered left, for reasons that are under investigation, into the path of an oncoming bus. The bus driver was treated for shock after the accident and the victim was taken to the Chuv in critical condition.