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PHOTO CAPTION: Electric lorry involved in fatal accident is used to collect trash in pedestrian area of Copenhagen. Photo: Scanpix.

Runaway Electric Lorry Kills American Tourist

All of Copenhagen's electric service vehicles have been pulled off its streets until source of accident is identified.

Published: 30-Aug-2012

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.

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