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Freak storms in Germany kill at least six: Police

Published on Jun 10, 2014 3:47 PM

BERLIN (AFP) - Violent storms killed at least six people in western Germany overnight, felling trees and snarling road and rail traffic, the authorities said Tuesday.

Three people died in Duesseldorf when a towering poplar tree whipped by wind, hail and rain fell on a garden shed where they had sought shelter late on Monday, the fire brigade reported.

Another three people were killed in the same accident, two of them seriously.

Falling trees also killed cyclists in Cologne and Krefeld, while a 49-year-old man in Essen collapsed during clean-up efforts and later died.

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