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25-year-old falls from highway bridge – 17-year-old falls into ventilation shaft

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For two youngsters in Berlin at the weekend, the dangerous falls were comparatively light. Both were injured and taken to hospital.

In Tegel, a 25-year-old man fell eight meters after a failed handstand on the railing of a motorway bridge, and was only slightly injured.

The drunken youngster lost his balance while attempting gymnastics on the Aristide Briand bridge on Friday night and crashed onto the A111 motorway, police said. The bridge runs at the point of about eight meters above the road.

A motorcyclist and two off-duty police officers secured the crash scene and cared for the 25-year-old until rescuers arrived.

Initially it was not known if the cars had to dodge. Despite minor injuries, the young man remained in the hospital for observation. The freeway was completely closed northbound for about an hour.

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In Kreuzberg, a 17-year-old fell from 20 meters. He was taken to the hospital but his life was not in danger, police said.

With other youths, he had climbed from a rooftop to the roof of a house at a party Sunday night, police said Sunday. According to his own statements, the youths then ran across the adjacent roofs.

The 17-year-old is said to have broken a sheet of corrugated plastic and fell into the ventilation shaft below.

His friends called rescuers, who accessed the well through the building and freed the young man. (dpa/teaspoon)

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