Drunk man killed by tram at Oktoberfest

2012-10-01 11:00

Berlin - A Canadian visitor to the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich died at the weekend after he was knocked down by a tram while in a drunken state, police said on Monday.

The 26-year-old, who was not named, was trying to cross the tram line on Saturday evening between two cars stuck in a traffic jam while "in a drunken state", authorities said in a statement.

He failed to notice the tram approaching from his left and was hit head-on.

"He was taken to hospital and attempts were made to resuscitate him on the way but he died a short time later," the police said.

Every year, around seven million people from all over the world come to the southern German city of Munich for a 16-day party, during which roughly the same number of "Mass" (litre-sized glasses) of beer are consumed.

At the half-way stage this year, about 3.6 million people have visited the Oktoberfest, with the same volume of litres of beer downed, city authorities said at the weekend.

  • heiner.freese.5 - 2012-10-01 12:07

    Arrest the tram driver, he must have been drunk!

  • bob.macphearson - 2012-10-01 13:06

    Holy crap, Oktoberfest is like the Hajj, only bigger and better, and a lot more fun! Sad what happened that chap though.

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