A 10-year-old Norwegian boy was killed instantly on the weekend when he was hit by an ambulance on its way to an emergency. The boy was walking with his father and two older siblings when he chased after a runaway ball, and ran onto a highway outside Munich in southern Germany.
The accident happened on Saturday night at a rest stop near the village of Hergensweiler, reported newspaper Dagbladet. The boy was playing with a ball when it went over a fence, and he ran after it onto a regional highway with a speed limit of 100 kilometres per hour.
“The ambulance was on an emergency, but did not have a patient on board when the accident happened,” said Peter Wiedemann from Lindau police. Its emergency lights were on. The 26-year-old driver had no chance of avoiding the child, who died instantly. Accident investigators closed the highway for several hours.
“The horrific accident has made a deep impression here in the town,” the policeman said. “The survivors were immediately taken care of by people from the Red Cross crisis team.”
The family was expected to return home to Norway on Tuesday.