Rockslide on famed Italian tourist trail injures 4

September 24, 2012 7:46:42 AM PDT
Rescuers say a rockslide slammed into Italy's popular Way of Love hiking trail in the coastal Cinque Terre resort area, injuring four Australian women. One was crushed by rocks and another was knocked off the steep path.

Dr. Davide Battistella said those two hikers were in grave condition and two others were less seriously injured by the landslide Monday morning on the trail, which cuts into a steep hillside overlooking the Ligurian Sea south of Genoa.

Battistella told The Associated Press that one woman was dug out from under the rocks and flown by helicopter to a hospital. The woman who landed on a precarious perch on the hillside was carried out by a human chain of rescuers.

The Cinque Terre area is breathtakingly beautiful but geologically fragile.