An Italian couple and their 11-year-old son were killed on Tuesday when a hole opened up in the ground at a bubbling volcanic crater near Naples, a popular tourist site.
Italy’s fire brigade said it pulled three dead bodies from a shallow hole in a section of the crater at the Solfatara volcano, which was surrounded by a wooden fence meant to keep tourists out.
The victims were a 45-year-old man, a 42-year-old woman and their son. Another seven-year-old son did not fall into the hole and was unharmed, national fire brigade spokesman Luca Cari said.
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“Either there was a small explosion, or the ground simply gave way from their weight, and they fell into this hole,” Cari said. “It was inside a fenced-off area.”
Firemen on the scene said the three victims, who were on holiday from northern Italy, appeared to have died from asphyxia, possibly...