Century-old tree falls on group of deaf tourists; 1 man dead.
ROME, ITALY -- A century-old tree fell on a group of deaf tourists in central Italy on Sunday, killing a man and injuring seven people who were unable to hear a bus driver's shout of alarm, police said.
The Italian tourists had finished a day of sightseeing and were about to board a bus in a square outside the L'Aquila train station to return to their homes near Rome, police said.
"The bus driver shouted to warn them, but they couldn't hear," said Angelo Cardelli, an official at police headquarters.
A 47-year-old man from Valmontone, a suburb of Rome, was killed instantly when struck by the horse chestnut tree, police said. In related news, Pope Benedict issued a papal edict, stating that he has received a vision from the Lord, and the vision stated God hates deaf people.
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