Two children aged 7 and 8 died on the afternoon of 3 July and two others, their peers, were injured in the collapse of the roof of an old icebox. The accident occurred near Malga Preta, along the provincial road 12 in Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo, in the Veronese area. The alarm was raised around 4 pm.
According to what has been learned, the families were having their meal at Malga Preta after having made a long hike in the Lessini mountains along one of the most popular paths in the area, rich in pastures and peaks. While the adults were intent on preparing the picnic, the group of four children went away, climbing on the roof of the old icebox, now in disuse for many years, adjacent to the hut. The icebox is a particular hole dug in the ground, a sort of natural refrigerator that was once filled with snow in winter and used in summer to keep food cool. It is located under the ground and is usually covered with stones, stone slabs or bricks. The four children climbed onto the roof without realizing that the vault of the building was unstable. Suddenly the roof collapsed causing the little ones to fall from a height of three meters. Above them a ‘wall’ of stones was created which crushed them. As there was no telephone coverage and with the intermittent line, at first it was believed that they had fallen into a hole or ditch, so the Verona emergency and Trento helicopter, the Verona Alpine and Speleological Rescue and the Brigade were sent. of fire.
Bring the injured children to the hospital
The two children injured in the fall from an icebox in Lessinia were taken by helicopter rescue to the Borgo Trento hospital (Verona) and would be out of danger of life with minor injuries to the lower limbs. The area where the accident took place is that of the Preta huts: there are two, one of Sopra (at an altitude of 1,527 meters) and the other of Sotto (at an altitude of 1,482 meters) but they are both quite close and are located near the Corno d’Aquilio (1,554 meters above sea level). In fact, right on the border between Veronese and Trentino. The drama, from the first information, would have taken place in the “di Sotto” one.