Tourist dead after electric lorry runs wild

Police have ordered Copenhagen’s electric utility vehicles off the road after collision kills 60-year-old American

August 30th, 2012 12:19 am| by admin
facebooktwittergoogle_pluspinterestmail

An American tourist was killed instantly this evening after being struck by a runaway electric utility vehicle in Copenhagen’s central pedestrian area.

Police and city officials are at a loss to explain the cause of the accident, which they say occurred after an experienced city sanitation worker had parked the vehicle while on his rounds emptying rubbish bins on the Strøget walking street.

The police have now ordered all of the city’s electric utility vehicles taken out of service until the cause of the incident can be determined.

According to an inspector's initial report, a sensor in the driver's seat that disengages the vehicle's motor when it is unoccupied appears to have malfunctioned and caused the vehicle to accelerate.  

Eyewitnesses reportedly described seeing the driverless vehicle lurch into motion and accelerate to a high speed. 

The precise cause of death has yet to be determined, but police and medical officials on the scene expressed surprise that such a collision could be fatal. 

Four other people were struck by the vehicle but received only superficial injuries.

The driver was taken to a local hospital where he is said to be receiving counselling. 

As well as her research, Jessica Alexander’s findings are based on experience
Nordic nurture: I’d like to teach the world to bring up perfect progeny
Nordic cuisine, Nordic design, Nordic Noir – the list of successful cultu...
Syrian refugees and local residents pray before a demonstration against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, outside the Syrian embassy in Amman
While we wait for the tsunami
Day-to-day reports of dead migrants, like the 71 found in a truck in Austri...
Lego: We are happy that we have again managed to develop exciting and fun experiences (photo: Lego Group)
Lego reports double-figure sales increase for first half of 2015
The construction toy titan Lego has delivered impressive interim accounts f...
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen cut the ribbon at the grand opening (photo: Rockwool)
Rockwool unveils half-billion-kroner factory in northern Jutland
Yesterday, the insulation giant Rockwool unveiled its newly-renovated produ...
An attack on August 30 may have led to civilian casualties (photo: Forsvaret.dk)
Danish fighters may have caused collateral damage
Danish Defence has revealed that a bombing raid in Iraq by its F-16 fighter...
Copenhageners woke up to  modified bike seats (photo: Eventforce )
Tissue manufacturer behind bicycle stunt
Were you one of the thousands of Danes who got an unexpected woolly bottom?...