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Two killed and seven injured in stone slides in Austria

According to the first reports, a group of hikers in Austria have been hit by rocks that fell into the hiking area.

Two people were killed Wednesday in a stone slump in the hiking area Bärenschützklamm in Austria. Seven others were injured in the accident.

It announces the head of the Styrian province rescue service to the Reuters news agency.

Some of the injured have been seriously injured, he adds.

Information on the accident is sparse. But according to preliminary reports, large stones fell and hit a group of people walking in the gorge.

Rescue teams, together with the Austrian mountain police, the fire brigade and the Red Cross, have launched a rescue effort. Among other things, they must also investigate the area to see if there are more victims.

The identity and nationality of the victims is not immediately known.

Bärenschützklamm is one of the longest canyons in Austria and a popular tourist attraction. It offers 300-meter-high limestone walls and dozens of wooden bridges that span the beautiful natural area.

It is located about 30 kilometers north of the city of Graz.

One can only enter the canyon on foot. That has made the rescue work difficult, which continues on Wednesday afternoon. The accident happened at noon.

According to the Austrian television station ORF, about 40,000 guests visit the area annually.

Last year, security experts warned that there were too many visitors to the gorge, Reuters news agency writes.

Source: jyllands-posten.dk

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