Two crew members were killed yesterday when a Viking Cruises ship struck a bridge in southern Germany.
According to Reuters, the Viking Freya was carrying more than 230 people (181 passengers) when it hit a bridge along the Main-Danube Canal in the town of Erlangen, en route to Budapest; the ship’s wheelhouse was crushed in the impact, killing two crew members, both from Hungary, the report said.
None of the 181 passengers or 47 other crew members were hurt in the collision. Passengers were escorted to local hotels and were offered the option of continuing their journey on another ship or return home with compensation.
While the cause of the collision is still under investigation, police said that it appears the ship’s retractable wheelhouse was not lowered in time as the vessel passed under the bridge.