VERONA. A day of leisure in the mountains has turned into a tragedy in Sant’Anna d’Alfaedo, in the Veronese area, with two 7-year-old children dead and two other 6 and 7-year-olds injured and treated at the Verona hospital.
The four children were overwhelmed by the bricks and stone slabs of the vault of an old disused icebox on which they were playing. 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 tore them apart.
For two of them, residing in Verona, there was nothing more to do while two other children aged 6 and 7 were rescued and transported to the Borgo Trento hospital in conditions deemed not worrying. After the alarm given by family members, relief efforts were triggered, made particularly difficult by the isolation of this part of Lessinia, on the border between the provinces of Trento and Verona.
Since there was no telephone coverage and with the intermittent line, from the first fragmentary information the Alpine Rescue, intervened together with the firefighters and the Carabinieri, had understood that the children had fallen into a ravine or ditch – in the area there is the Spluga della Preta, a chasm almost a thousand meters deep – sending the emergency helicopter of Verona and Trento and the technicians of the Speleological Rescue.
Unfortunately, once at the scene of the accident, the dramatic situation was evident. Rescuers attempted resuscitation maneuvers. The medical crew disembarked nearby was left with the task of ascertaining the death. The other two children were injured but not seriously.