A woman was killed in Lausanne on Thursday after she was struck by a car that rolled down a hill without a driver. 

 

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Woman killed by driverless car

A woman was killed in Lausanne on Thursday after she was struck by a car that rolled down a hill without a driver. 

 

The woman, aged around 60, died on the spot and police are investigating the circumstances of the accident, said a report on the Corriere del Ticino newspaper.

The car, which had been parked in a courtyard, rolled down the street at speed, hitting the woman as she was walking up, the report said.

Police have not yet established why the parked car, a small red Peugeot, began moving of its own accord down Chemin du Levant, newspaper 24 Heures reports.

The footpath beside the site of the accident was closed off due to roadworks, the paper said.

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Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier

Can you carry a tune? Are you a night owl? If so, this job posting in Switzerland may be up right up your (cobblestone) alley. Here’s how you can submit an application for this… very high position.

Hear ye, here ye! This Swiss city is looking for a town crier
The hat and coat are optional for the job. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

As far as unusual employment opportunities go, this one from Lausanne is — quite literally — tops.

The city, which employs one of Europe’s last remaining town criers, is looking for people to fill this position on part-time basis.

What’s a town crier?

In Lausanne’s case, it is a person who announces the hours every night between 10 pm and 2 am from the bell tower of the city’s imposing Gothic cathedral, a landmark overlooking the roofs of the picturesque Old Town.

The workplace: Lausanne Cathedral. Photo by Lausanne Tourisme

The person who will assume this position will continue a tradition that this city in the canton of Vaud has cherished since 1405.

These are the requirements for the job:

  • To watch over the city each night
  • Announce each hour on the hour between 10pm and 2am in a melodious voice (in French, but knowledge of foreign languages is a plus)
  • Be able to climb 53 stone steps to the cathedral’s bell tower
  • Not have a criminal record
  • No falling asleep on the job
  • Have a business apprenticeship certificate (we are not sure why)

This is 365-days-a-year job, but the new hire will share the position with other criers.

Interested? This is how you can apply.

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