Wintry storms hit continent
Europe: Tree kills woman in front of kids – and fox found in block of ice
Violent winds and winter storms have hit France, killing a 43- year- old woman taking her children to school and injuring nearly 50 other people.
In Germany, a hunter put on show a block of ice containing a fox which he says fell into the River Danube and drowned.
Elsewhere in Europe, the Vatican sheltered homeless people in a church from unusually freezing overnight temperatures in Rome.
The woman killed in the hills above the southern French city of Nice was hit on the head as a tall cypress tree snapped in a gust as she left her house to take her children to school.
“This happened in front of her children,” said police chief Dominique Blasius.
The children called their father, who used a chainsaw to free his wife, but she was already dead when a fire crew arrived. In northern France, winds blew a tree on to tracks between Paris and Brussels, stranding 210 passengers on a high-speed Thalys train overnight on Thursday.
France’s worst-hit areas included Normandy and Picardy where, respectively, 76,000 homes and 61,000 homes were without electricity yesterday.
The Vatican said 30 people – both Italians and foreigners – had accepted an invitation to sleep inside St Calixtus Church, which is Vatican property.
German hunter Franz Stehle said the block containing the fox was extracted on January 2 and put on display outside his family’s hotel in Fridingen. He said it showed the dangers of the icy river.
The town is close to the Danube’s source in southwestern Germany. Mr Stehle said it is not unusual for animals to fall through the frozen river surface. He has seen a frozen deer and wild boar before.
FOX NEWS: Not a Damien Hirstmasterpiece, but a drowned animal fished out of the frozen River Danube in south-western Germany