16 Mar, 2017 @ 15:08
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Man killed in freak human tower accident in Tarragona

Tarragona human tower tragedy
Members of the "Bordegassos de Vilanova" human tower team form a "castell" during the XXVI human towers, or castells, competetion in Tarragona on October 1, 2016. These human towers, built traditionally in festivals within Catalonia, gather several teams that attempt to build and dismantle a tower structure. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

12209640046_4fb88d1300_oA FREAK human tower accident in Tarragona has killed one man and seriously injured another.

The 51-year-old victim was crushed by a metal structure during a training session in the Catalan port city. Two other team members, aged 50 and 52, were treated in hospital for their injuries.

Human tower building is a Catalan tradition dating back to the 18th century in which teams, or ‘colles’, climb on top of each other’s shoulders to create a tower with a minimum of six ‘human storeys’. The current record of nine levels (12 metres) was established in 1981 and has been equalled but never beaten.  

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