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Venice to restrict boat traffic after fatal gondola crash

'Gondolas allowed only at certain hours' says mayor

Venice to restrict boat traffic after fatal gondola crash

Venice, August 26 - Venice plans to limit traffic in the Grand Canal, the mayor said Monday, following the death earlier this month of a tourist aboard a gondola that crashed with a water bus. According to Mayor Giorgio Orsoni, the city will soon announce restrictions for boats in the major thoroughfare during peak traffic, and gondolas will be permitted only after a certain hour in the morning. Boat congestion near the Rialto Bridge was blamed as a factor behind the crash that killed 50-year-old Jaochim Vogel from Germany on August 17. Blood and urine tests from the gondolier showed he was under the influence of cocaine and hashish at the time.

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