PR stunt injures two at World Cup camp in Italy

PR stunt injures two at World Cup camp in Italy
A Mercedes driven by German racing driver Pascal Wehrlein, 19, hit two people on the road during filming in South Tyrol. Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP
Two men were injured in a car crash during filming at Germany's World Cup training camp in Italy on Tuesday. Formula One star Nico Rosberg and two national footballers were taking part in the shoot for Mercedes when the crash occurred.

A Mercedes driven by German racing driver Pascal Wehrlein, 19, hit two people on the road during filming in South Tyrol where the German football team is preparing for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

A 63-year-old German tourist was flown to hospital by helicopter with serious injuries and a local man from St Leonhard in Passeier was also injured.

Mercedes sponsors the German national side and footballers Benedikt Höwedes and Julian Draxler were passengers in the cars, Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The German Football Association (DFB) confirmed there had been a “serious accident”. They will hold a press conference at midday with more details.

Nico Rosberg, who was also taking part in the promotional video, wrote on Twitter: “I am shocked by the accident. My thoughts are with the two people who were injured and I wish them a fast recovery.”

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