But there was a huge guardian angel on board. Six service members of the Russian cross-country team had a serious accident with a minibus on the way to Livigno ( Italy).
According to the Swiss newspaper “Blick”, the accident happened on Tuesday night ( December 29th) behind the Swiss border crossing. At around 1 a.m., the minibus skidded in a bend on the icy Via della Val along the reservoir. The car spun and tipped backwards 50 yards down the bluff into the lake.
The Russians were really lucky that there was no disaster. Because thanks to the icy surface, half of the car got stuck in the ice. The six men (35, 36, 36, 38, 48, an age is unknown) were able to free themselves from the dangerous situation and could make the emergency call.
After the call, the fire brigade was on duty with three vehicles and eight men, and the police and a team of doctors also moved to the scene of the accident. However, the recovery of the accident vehicle took many hours and was only finished at 8:30 a.m.
Bus accident: service team got away with the horror
The victims got away with a serious shock and minor injuries. Only one Russian suffered a concussion and a minor head injury. However, the sextet refused medical treatment.
After initial reports, it was initially said that the accident victims were Russian athletes. That was not confirmed, but it was the service staff of the cross-country team. They landed in Zurich on Monday evening and took a minibus towards Livigno. There the Russian team prepared for the Tour de Ski.