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Russian tourists die in snowmobile accident

Six Russian tourists have died and two others have been injured after their snowmobile flipped over on a ski slope in north-eastern Italy, reports say.
 
The incident took place on a black run on Friday night near Trentino.
 
Italian media reports suggested the four men and two women were killed when they were thrown into a deep ditch.
It said the accident occurred late on Friday on a run which was unlit and normally closed at night.
The accident took place in at 2,000m (6,500ft) above sea level on the slopes of Mount Cermis, in the Fiemme Valley.
 
Speaking on Russian state television, the consul-general in Milan, Alexei Parmonov, named the dead as Denis Kravchenko, Irina Kravchenko, Vyacheslav Sleptsov, Yulia Yudina, Lyudmila Yudina and Rafilya Pshenichnaya, AP reports.
 
He said that Italian investigators suspected that excessive speed had caused the crash.
 
Five of the group who died, along with one of those injured, came from the southern Russian city of Krasnodar and two of those who died worked in Italy in the tourism industry, Mr Parmonov said.
Both of the injured were taken by helicopter to hospital, where one is reported to be in a serious condition.
 
La Repubblica newspaper reports that the search operation was made more complex by the fact that the victims ended up in rocky and densely forested area beyond the ski run.

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