Italian man crushed to death by giant crucifix in Italy
An Italian man was crushed to death in Northern Italy on Thursday by a 98-foot crucifix to honour Pope John Paul II.
The giant crucifix was constructed to honor the Pope’s 1998 visit to the mountain town and the fatal accident occurs just days before the Polish pontiff will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican.
The Italian news agency ANSA reported that 21-year-old Marco Gusmini was visiting the 1,320-pound sculpture near the town of Brescia with a group of young Catholics and was posing for a photograph with a group of friends in front of the cross when it suddenly collapsed.
The BBC reported that a group of children witnessed the incident and that another person was taken to the hospital.
In a bizarre coincidence, the 21-year-old man was reported to have been living in a street named after Pope John XXIII