Rugby witness tells of Berlin 'horror' - The Rugby Observer

Rugby witness tells of Berlin 'horror'

Rugby Editorial 20th Dec, 2016   0

CARNAGE – that is how a Rugby woman described the Berlin lorry attack after she saw it unfold from just feet away.

German police are investigating a “probable terrorist attack” after a man ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin last night (Monday December 19), killing 12 people and injuring 48.

Emma Rushton said she had an “incredibly, incredibly lucky” escape.

She said: “People were drinking. There was Christmas music, Christmas lights. It was so festive and then there was just this horror in front of you.




“We were waiting, looking around at the lights and waiting to go back to the hotel when we heard an almighty bang.

“We looked around and saw lights being torn down by a bus, and the huts in front of us were completely crushed.


“It was about eight, 10ft in front of us, and had we left two minutes earlier we would have been right in the path of it.

“To walk back to our hotel, we had to walk back through the carnage and saw people holding their heads. There were a couple of people in the recovery position. There was glass and wood everywhere.”

The truck, which was loaded with steel beams, veered into the market at around 8.15pm local time (7.15pm GMT). It crashed through wooden huts and stands packed with tourists and locals. Police have detained the driver.

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