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In the Austrian Tyrol, a snowboarder died in an accident on Saturday afternoon. The 44-year-old German was run over by a snow groomer on the Hintertux Glacier in the Zillertal and died at the scene of the accident.

As reported by the "Bild" newspaper, among others, the snowboarder probably tried to overtake the snow groomer and got under the chains of the vehicle. The driver, 45, of the snow groomer immediately provided first aid, but to no avail.

The police confirmed the death, but did not give any further details about the accident victim, as the relatives could not yet be notified. The police investigation is ongoing.

It is not the first fatal incident between a snow groomer and a snowboarder. In December 2022, a 29-year-old German woman died in the Zillertal after colliding with a caterpillar. The driver was sentenced to six months in prison on probation in March 2023.