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‘Drunk Paris police’ kill motorist in car crash

UPDATED: Two Paris police officers are in custody on Thursday after allegedly causing a crash that killed a delivery driver in the centre of the city. The police officers were said to have been drunk at the time.

'Drunk Paris police' kill motorist in car crash
The two officers were driving home drunk at around 4am on Thursday when their unmarked police car collided with the delivery van, according to reports in the French media.
 
The victim, aged 40, who was delivering bread around Paris, died shortly after from the injuries sustained in the collision.
 
The officers had reportedly been out in a nightclub near the Champs-Elysées and were driving north in their unmarked car.
 
CCTV footage is said to show the pair driving at high speeds and blazing through red lights. 
 
On Boulevard Sebastopol, a one-way thoroughfare that leads to Gare de l'Est railway station, the officers crashed into the delivery van. It had initially been reported that the victim was on foot at the time of the accident.
 
The police were taken into custody where they allegedly refused to do a breath test. 
 
Rush hour traffic was affected on Thursday morning as dozens of police officers cordoned off the intersection where the collision occurred.
 
If it's proven the police were drunk at the wheel, the death of the delivery driver will count as another black name against the capital's police force.
 
Paris police have earned themselves somewhat of a bad reputation in recent months – mainly thanks to the city's criminal investigation unit, known as the Police judiciare.
 
The unit, seen as France's answer to the FBI,  has been embroiled in scandal after scandal – including 'losing' 52 kilos of confiscated cocaine (worth a cool €2.5 million), the alleged rape of a Canadian tourist at the police headquarters, and the force's chief being suspended over allegations he leaked details of a probe to a fellow top officer under investigation.
 
 

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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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