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Friday 19 September 2014

Italian man crushed to death by giant crucifix in Italy

Published 25/04/2014 | 16:47

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An Italian man was crushed to death in Northern Italy on Thursday by a 98-foot crucifix to honour Pope John Paul II

An Italian man was crushed to death in Northern Italy on Thursday by a 98-foot crucifix to honour Pope John Paul II.

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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

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