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Copenhagen police arrest hit-and-run driver

Police in Copenhagen arrested a motorist early on Wednesday on suspicion of having run over two pedestrians.

Copenhagen police arrest hit-and-run driver
A February 2018 file photo of Kongens Nytorv in Copenhagen. Photo: Sofie Mathiassen/Ritzau Scapix

The man was detained on suspicion of driving into the pedestrians and subsequently fleeing the scene, Copenhagen Police duty officer Henrik Stormer confirmed.

“We have apprehended a man in west Copenhagen. The man was born in 1987,” Stormer said.

A car drove through a red light near the Kongens Nytorv square in central Copenhagen just before 10pm on Tuesday, hitting two pedestrians on Gothersgade, an adjoining street.

“The driver subsequently jumped out of the car and ran off,” Stormer said late on Tuesday.

A large police presence could be observed at Kongens Nytorv shortly after the incident, with a number of vehicles and barriers placed at the scene.

Police set in motion a search for the subject, who was arrested at around 3:30am in the west of the city.

The man was due to speak to investigators on Wednesday morning, Stormer said.

The two pedestrians were not seriously injured, the officer added.

“One has suffered a few knocks that won’t require treatment, the other has light injuries,” he said.

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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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