High traffic blamed for gondola death

2013-08-17 22:10

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Venice – The mayor of Venice is convening experts to resolve the worsening problem of congestion in the lagoon city's waterways after a German tourist died when a gondola he was riding in with his family crashed into a larger boat on Saturday.

Mayor Giorgio Orsoni expressed his condolences following the crash, which occurred around noon near the highly trafficked Rialto bridge on the Grand Canal.

Police spokesperson Erica Veronica Di Francesco says the vaporetto, or public bus that ferries passengers around Venice, was pulling into dock when it crashed into the gondola carrying five members of a visiting German family. She says that contrary to earlier reports, none of the gondola's occupants fell into the water.

The father was believed to have been crushed to death in the crash. His 3-year-old child was hospitalised in Padua with head injuries.

Mayor Orsoni says the problem of congestion in Venice's waterways must be confronted.


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