A 10-tonne digger slipped while working and fell on a house in Biel in Canton Bern yesterday.


 

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Digger crashes into Swiss family home

A 10-tonne digger slipped while working and fell on a house in Biel in Canton Bern yesterday.


 

At around 3.30pm, the digger was busy working at Bergluftweg (Mountain air way). For unknown reasons, the digger lost control and slipped on a hill, reported Blick newspaper.

The vehicle hurtled 15 metres down the slope and crashed into the wall of a family home.

The driver was injured in the accident and was brought to hospital. Luckily, no one in the house was affected.

Biel firemen arrived on the scene to bring the digger to safety. The extent of the damage to the property and the reason for the accident are still to be determined.

Biel, also officially known as Bienne, is the second biggest bilingual (German/French speaking) town in Switzerland after Bern.

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US teen who drowned in Switzerland was ‘piano prodigy’

The 13-year-old American boy who drowned recently in the Burgseeli near Interlaken has been described as an accomplished pianist and hockey player by his family.

US teen who drowned in Switzerland was 'piano prodigy'
Albert Yin was described as a gentle giant. Photo: Albert Yin Memorial Fund

Albert Yin from Maryland drowned in late June while swimming in the lake which is popular bathing spot in summer.

The boy was rescued by a police diver and resuscitated at the scene. He was then airlifted to hospital. But he later died at the facility.

Albert was a great ice hockey player and pianist, according to comments made by his family to US broadcaster CBS

“Over the summer, we go to perform in prestigious venues overseas. So this year, we had gone to Italy and we had gone to Switzerland and after our concerts, we would go to do vacation and touristy things,” his sister Margaret told CBS. 

The day before Albert died, the 13-year-old had performed the Hungarian Rhapsody by Liszt at the Culture and Convention Centre (KKL) in Lucerne. 

Albert Yin's have now sent up a crowdfunding campaign to help fund funeral expenses and the setting up of a memorial scholarship in his name. 

A Swiss police investigation into the teen's death is still underway, according to the Blick newspaper.