December 5, 2010 / 5:13 PM / 9 years ago

Car in Italy ploughs into cycling team, killing seven

Emergency medical workers stand near the bodies of eight cyclists after a crash near Lamezia Terme, south of Italy December 5, 2010. REUTERS/OTN foto

ROME, Dec (Reuters) - A car driven by a man without a licence and who had been using illegal drugs ploughed into a team of amateur cycle racers in southern Italy Sunday, killing seven and injuring several others, police said.

The dead were men ranging in age from 35 to 58 practicing on a road in the southern region of Calabria.

Two other members of the local amateur racing team were seriously injured.

The driver, a Moroccan immigrant, was arrested and charged with multiple manslaughter.

Police said blood tests showed the man, who was himself hospitalised for injuries, was under the influence of marijuana. They said he was driving illegally because his licence had been withdrawn six months ago for dangerous driving.

A boy who was in the car with him was also injured.

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