- Jul 31, 2010
[SIZE= 36px]Eight die as drug driver hits cycling club convoy in Italy.[/SIZE]
Eight cyclists were killed after a car ploughed into them at high speed after losing control on an Italian road on Sunday.
A Mercedes driver lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to overtake a cycling club convoy.
Seven cyclists, all men, died at the scene and another man died in hospital while four remain critically injured.
The Moroccan driver, who tested positive for cannabis, had to be cut from the wreckage of his car and his ten-year-old son who was in the back seat was also injured.
The driver of the Mercedes was injured and had to be cut out of his car. He was later arrested, and police said that he lost his license seven months ago for dangerous driving
Police said the driver had been stripped of his licence earlier this year for dangerous driving and now faces multiple charges of culpable homicide.
They confirmed that he had been breaking the speed limit.
Three cyclists were airlifted from the scene in a critical condition and graphic TV pictures showed the scene of carnage as bodies lay covered with white sheets amid the twisted frames of racing bikes.
The Mercedes crashed into the cyclists and left them strewn over the road in Marinella a Sant'Eufemia near Lamezia Terme in the south of Italy
Paramedic Silvio Rocca described the scene of the accident in Marinella Santâ€™Eufemia near Lamezia Terme in the south of Italy, where the cycling club was well known.
He said: â€˜What we found when we got there was unbelievable â€“ not even a bomb could have caused the devastation we saw.
â€˜The first report we had was of one cyclist involved in a road accident but when we got to the scene there were bodies everywhere.
'It was a massacre and it was made worse because we knew many of those involved.â€™