Monday, 10. March 2014
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An expert report has concluded that the balcony that collapsed in the middle of October that left four girls on a skiing trip from Germany hospitalised after they fell 20 foot to the ground had not been properly built.
Prosecutors are now investigating over possible charges of aggravated assault as a result of the negligence but say that the original constructor that put up the balcony had died 10 years ago.
The false construction was the reason for the accident and as well as the fact that the builder involved has died the possibility of legal action is also now passed, as legally the time is up.
However prosecutors say that they can still take legal action against the operators of the Pension and also against to people who were friends of the owner who were supposedly qualified and checked the balcony regularly to make sure everything was in order. During these checks the faulty design of the balcony should have been noticed and acted upon say prosecutors.
Two of the four German schoolgirls were left in a coma after leaning against a balcony for a photo which then gave way tipping them to the ground at Finkenberg in Zillertal, Austria.
In total four girls all aged between 13 and 15 were hospitalised after the accident while they were on a ski course doing glacier skiing in the region.
The four only survived because they landed on wet grass rather than on a stone pavement, which they narrowly missed.
However despite that two of the girls were left in intensive care with one of them being flown by air ambulance to a specialist clinic in Bavaria.
But both of the girls are now said to be doing well and doctors are optimistic they will see no lasting damage from their injuries.
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