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A five-year-old British girl has died in a tragic accident on a ski slope in the French Alps.
The young woman was taking a lesson on the piste when she was rammed at high speed by a skier yesterday morning.
Tragically, she died while being transported to the hospital by helicopter.
Last night a 40-year-old neighbor was in police custody and a manslaughter investigation was opened.
The five-year-old girl died after an accident in the ski resort of Flaine, in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps. Pictured: GV of the Flaine resort
The terrible accident happened yesterday around 11 a.m. m. in the ski resort of Flaine, in the Haute-Savoie region of the French Alps, 50 miles from the Swiss city of Geneva.
The girl was on the Serpentine ski slope, which is classified as ‘blue’, meaning an easy slope.
She was in a group ski class taught by the national ski school, Ecole du Ski Français (ESF), with four other children. The children were in single file behind the instructor near the edge of the track.
The prosecutor overseeing the investigation said:
The prosecutor overseeing the investigation said: “The girl was single file behind the group and was about to turn right when she was hit very violently by the speeding skier and tried in vain to avoid her.”
An investigation was opened for culpable homicide for the alleged ‘violation of a duty of safety and prudence’.
The girl lived in Geneva with her expat British family who have a holiday home in Les Carroz.
The skier and volunteer firefighter, who administered first aid at the side of the slope, was said to be “in a state of significant shock”. There was also a doctor present.
Despite resuscitation attempts, the five-year-old boy was pronounced dead at 1 p.m. while he was airlifted to the hospital.
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- Five-year-old British girl has been killed in accident on a ski slope in French Alps
- Young girl was having lesson on piste when skier careered into her at high speed
- Last night a local man was in police custody and an investigation was opened