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Bus driver ‘dragged’ cyclist down Paris street

A Paris bus driver has been accused of dragging a man whose bike was caught in the wheels of his vehicle 100 metres, leaving him badly hurt.

The bus driver was detained and put in police custody on Wednesday after the alleged accident. The driver is suspected of knocking over the biker and dragging him and his bike.

The bicyclist phoned the police and was taken to hospital with “several bleeding wounds”,  Le Parisien reports.  

A police source says the alleged assault occured after the biker and the bus driver had an argument over using the bus lane. In Paris, buses, taxis and bikers are all allowed to use the same lane. The police source says the biker was dragged over “a hundred metres”.

The Paris transport company RATP denies these allegations. A spokesperson told Le Parisien that the rider and the bus driver did argue but that the bicyclist hurt himself when he jumped off his bike. The bike was then dragged on the road for several metres.

Thursday afternoon, the bus driver was still in police custody.

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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