Six died in a snowmobile crash in Italy on Fri., Jan. 4, 2013. The tragic accident happened overnight on an unlit Italian ski slope on Mount Cermis. Excessive speed and a possible mechanical failure are potential reasons for the crash that are being investigated. Most of the victims, all but two, were seated in a sled that was connected to the snowmobile at the time of the incident. The driver and one passenger were seated on the snowmobile itself.
The six who died in the snowmobile crash were four men and two women. There were also two survivors, both men. Boris Yudin and Azat Agafarov each sustained injuries. According to FOX News, Alexei Parmonov, the Russian consul general in Milan, identified the deceased as Denis Kravchenko, Irina Kravchenko, Vyacheslav Sleptsov, Yulia Yudina, Lyudmila Yudina and Rafilya Pshenichnaya.
According to Philly.com, the victims were already deceased by the time rescuers arrived. The vehicle had slammed through a fence and flipped over into a ditch after tossing its passengers meters into the air. The driver of the vehicle is reportedly being tested to determine whether he had been drinking prior to the incident.
Six of the eight individuals involved in the crash were tourists from Krasnodar, which is a region in southern Russia. Two of the remaining passengers were Russians who were employed in Italy's tourism industry. Of the six who died in the snowmobile crash, the two women, Yulia and Lyudmila, were mother and daughter.