Six dead after auto plows into German tourists in northern Italy

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The street where the auto ploughed into a group of people in Luttach.

A auto driven by a suspected drunk driver ploughed into pedestrians in a village in the Italian Alps, killing six German tourists and injuring 11 other people, emergency services said.

A member of staff at the nearby Adler Tiroler Hotel, who did not want to be named, told Corriere Della Sera: "A awful scene - people on the ground, screaming, pain. a tragedy".

After spending an evening at a restaurant, the group of young German tourists were near their bus when a vehicle, moving at high speed, slammed into them at the side of the road.

Luttach is a mountain village in Italy's majority German-speaking South Tyrol region, and a popular tourist destination, attracting skiers and snowboarders in the winter months thanks to its nearby ski resorts.

The driver survived, but Italian police are now investigating the accident, the Carabinieri State Command said.

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The driver of the vehicle had a high blood alcohol content and was driving particularly fast, a Carabineri police official in Brunico told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to give his name. Three of the injured are in critical condition, including a woman who was transported by helicopter to Austria, the paper said.

Most of the victims hailed from western Germany, though two of the injured were Italian, officials said.

Not all of the group of tourists knew each other and not all of them had documents with them, the police said.

Kompatscher told a news conference the victims were part of a group of young Germans on vacation.

Emergency services of the Luttach voluntary fire brigade secure the accident site.

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