November 18, 2000 |
In an emotional closure to Austria's worst Alpine disaster, mourners on Friday placed red roses at the foot of a crucifix in this city's 17th century cathedral--one for each of the 155 victims of a cable car blaze. Salzburg's bishop compared the pain of those grieving with Christ's agony on the cross in a service overflowing with friends and relatives of victims, dignitaries from Austria and abroad, and rescue workers gathered to pay tribute to the skiers and snowboarders killed in the fire.
November 15, 2000 |
A stout red candle flickers on Ursula Kipper's desk, a silent tribute from City Hall co-workers still unable to grasp that her own warmth and light will never again fill the empty third-floor office. Kipper, 12 city government colleagues and 19 of their friends and family died together in Saturday's cable car inferno in the Alpine resort of Kaprun during what was supposed to be the City Hall ski club's annual play-together-and-stay-together outing to enjoy the first weekend of the season.
November 14, 2000 |
Forensic investigators delved Monday into the grisly task of matching dental records and DNA samples with the charred remains of at least 159 people killed in a horrific ski cable car fire inside a tunnel under Kitzsteinhorn mountain. As helicopters ferried the first 66 bodies to a morgue in nearby Salzburg, the U.S. Army acknowledged that eight Americans from military facilities in Germany had perished in the blaze.
November 13, 2000 |
Rescue workers braved toxic fumes and unstable wreckage Sunday to begin retrieving the charred remains of at least 155 skiers and snowboarders, including eight Americans, from the grisly tomb under Kitzsteinhorn mountain where they suffocated and burned to death a day earlier in the worst Alpine disaster in modern history.
November 12, 2000 |
Fire and smoke raced through a packed cable car carrying skiers through a 2-mile-long tunnel here Saturday, trapping and killing at least 170 passengers in an inferno so intense that nothing was left but the car's undercarriage and the incinerated remains of victims.
June 1, 1999 |
Salvage teams retrieved four more bodies from an Alpine tunnel in Austria, where a devastating weekend fire left five people dead and 49 injured, Salzburg Gov. Franz Schausberger said. According to the Austria Press Agency, Schausberger said more victims may be found in the Tauern tunnel in Salzburg province. The blaze began after a truck loaded with paint crashed into a car in the tunnel. The car exploded, setting off a fiery chain reaction.