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Driver knocked down and killed on hard shoulder

A 45-year-old driver was knocked down and killed on the A9 highway near Bex on Thursday afternoon after he pulled over following a flat tyre.

Driver knocked down and killed on hard shoulder
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The Fribourg man was standing next to his car in the breakdown lane between the Bex north and south junctions in the canton of Vaud when the accident happened, according to Le Matin.

The driver was struck by an oncoming car that swerved onto the hard shoulder.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 71-year-old driver of the second vehicle was injured as his car overturned and came to rest on its roof in the traffic lane.

The highway was closed to traffic for several hours.

Vaud cantonal police are seeking witnesses to the accident.

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Plane crash in Swiss Alps leaves four dead

Two Swiss and two Austrian nationals were killed on Saturday when their small plane crashed in the Swiss Alps, police said

Plane crash in Swiss Alps leaves four dead

The plane came down in the picturesque area near the Gletscherspitze peak, at an altitude of over 3,000 metres (10,000 feet), in the southern Swiss canton of Wallis, regional police said in a statement.

Wallis police said a witness had first called to report seeing the plane falling from the sky at 12:25 pm (1025 GMT), and had called back a few minutes later to say smoke was rising from the crash site.

Firefighters and rescue workers flown in by helicopter discovered that all four people onboard, two Swiss citizens aged 50 and 66 and two Austrians aged 46 and 50, had perished.

Police said they were cooperating with the Swiss Transportation Safety Investigation Board to probe the crash.

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