Mountains take deadly summer toll

Series of fatal accidents in Swiss Alps

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Hiker from Bern slipped 50 metres to his death not far from Muenster in uppder canton Valais Sunday morning

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A series of Alpine region accidents in the past few days has taken the lives of a paraglider, a base jumper, two hikers and a passenger in a car on a narrow mountain road. A young woman who set off to climb on her own is also missing.

The body of a 69-year-old man from Zurich who went missing was found Thursday 18 July above Vouvry, canton Valais, two weeks after he left to go hiking but failed to return. He was found at the bottom of a couloir in the Tanay area.

A 56-year-old Bern man died Sunday at 10:55 after slipping on a trail in upper canton Valais and falling 50 metres into a riverbed.

The accident occurred while he was hiking with his wife in the Goms/Conches Valley, from Blitzingen towards Münster. In the Blitzingen area, about 200 metres before the Hilpersbach waterfall, he lost his footing, for reasons that are unclear, say Valais police. A rescue team pronounced him dead at the scene of the accident.

Mail Attachment-1Canton Vaud police Sunday issued a missing person alert for a Lausanne woman who has not been seen since she left to climb the Trient glacier in Valais, , 25-year-old Virginie.

She is an experienced mountaineer and police are asking anyone with information that might help them find her to call +41 21 644 4444.

Basejumper, climber die in canton Bern accidents

A basejumper died Tuesday 16 July near Kandersteg when he failed to make his jump safely. He was with two companions and they alerted Rega, which carries out mountain rescues by air, when he failed to appear at the agreed landing place. He was the last of the three to jump.

Also in canton Bern, a 34-year-old Bernese woman died Saturday when she fell several hundred metres to her death. She was climbing the Mutthorn (Stechelberg, in the commune of Lauterbrunnen) with a guide. After the two reached the summit they began their descent at 17:30. The woman fell down, then fell several hundred metres, say cantonal police.

Man’s wife killed when car goes over edge

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Fatal accident near Salvan (photos, Valais police)

A 63-year-old Valais woman died Saturday when the car her husband was driving in the commune of Salvan went over the edge of a mountain road at 18:10 as he was trying to back up.

They were on a narrow forest road between Gueuroz and La Crettaz when they met a car coming from the other direction, and they started to back up to a wider area for passing, 100 metres back. The car came too close to the edge and went over, falling 20 metres down the slope.

The woman was thrown from the car. Valais police say a rescue team arrived rapidly but the woman died at the scene.

St Bernard crash leaves three in serious condition

Three people were seriously injured in another mountain road accident in Valais Saturday 20 July on the Grand St Bernard road, near Bovernier.

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Three people had to be cut from their cars by firefighters Saturday on the St Bernard road near Martigny

A 31-year-old Valais man and a woman passenger were heading towards Martigny when their car was hit by a 69-year-old Valais driver who was turning into a fruit kiosk and who failed to yield the right of way.

All three had to be cut from their vehicles, say police. An emergency team of police plus 20 firefighters and three ambulances, plus a doctor responded to the accident.