Six German tourists between the ages of 19 and 22 years were killed Sunday at the popular Italian ski resort of Luttach, also known as Lutago, in Bolzano province, South Tyrol, a popular ski area at the Austrian border.
They were hit by a suspected drunk driver with an Audi TT car. Other 11 were injured. The Italian Red Cross sent a rapid reaction team to help the victims. Staff from the Adler hotel, close to where the incident happened, were the first on the scene. Two of them moved to hospitals in Austria, one in Bolzano and one in Brunico. The group was in the area for a skiing holiday. They had been standing at a roadside, waiting for their tourist bus to return them to their hotel. The driver who produced the accident, a 28 year old man from the nearby village of Chienes, had alcohol blood levels nearly four times higher than the legal limit. He was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and an investigation has been opened.
Police had concluded that the car crash into pedestrians was not an act of terrorism. Mourners have left candles and flowers at the crash scene. During a press conference on Sunday morning, Arno Kompatscher, the governor of Alto Adige, said: “The new year has started with a tragedy. We express our condolences to the victims and their families.”