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Gotthard road tunnel closed after fatal accident

The Gotthard road tunnel was closed in both directions on Wednesday morning after a fatal accident left two dead and several others injured.

Gotthard road tunnel closed after fatal accident
Photo: webcam
A spokesperson for Uri cantonal police told Swiss media that two people died in a collision between a van and a car. 
 
A further five people were injured, two seriously. 
 
Police, the fire service and workers from air rescue service Rega attended the scene.
 
The Gotthard tunnel is likely to be closed until 2.30pm, said police, who advise drivers to use the San Bernardino tunnel instead. 
 

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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.