GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Several people died or were injured in accidents in Switzerland, particularly sports accidents as fine summer weather pulled people outdoors.
Young American hiker killed by train in Bern tunnel
A 23-year-old American woman was hit and killed by a train in a tunnel near Daerligen, canton Bern, Sunday 8 July, at 14:40. She and three male friends were hiking from Interlaken to Daerligen when they decided to walk through the tunnel. A train came through and the driver put on the emergency brakes immediately but the train didn’t have enough time to stop before hitting her. Her three companions were able to escape in time.
Dutch youth falls 700m to death on Dent Blanche
Two Dutch climbers left the Dent Blanche hut early Saturday to climb the 4,357 metre peak. One of them, a 20 year old man, slipped for reasons that are not yet clear, and he fell 700 metres to his death. His companion immediately alerted authorities. Air Glacier and Air Zermatt helicopters were called to the scene.
New Zealand base jumper crashes to death
A 31-year-old New Zealand man, Alan Malcolm McCandlish according to New Zealand media, died Saturday morning near Kandersteg in a base-jumping accident. The skydiving instructor was at Unteres Tatelishorn, in the Gasterntal area with two friends, and the group joined a larger group of base jumpers. They jumped one after another, say Bern police, but the New Zealand man, who was wearing a wingsuit, jumped too close to the rocks and hit an outcrop, fell and crashed into another ledge. New Zealand media report that he had been traveling in Europe with friends, seeking out top base jumping sites.
An Air Rega helicopter found his body after a brief search.
Frenchman’s glider lands in orchard anti-hail nets
A French resident who left the Bex airport at 14:00 Saturday in a glider pulled by a plane, escaped an accident two hours later with only slight injuries. He attempted an emergency landing in a field not far from Bex when his glider was flying too low, but he missed and clipped a low-tension power line with one wing before landing in anti-hail nets. He managed to get out of the plane by himself and drop to the ground 2.5 metres below, where he was greeted by 10 rescue workers and 5 emergency vehicles.
Asylum seeker stabbed to death
Canton Bern saw another weekend death: an asylum seeker was stabbed to death in a fight Sunday night at 19:30 in a centre for refugees at Champion. Another resident is being detained for questioning.