A child died after an ice sculpture collapsed next to the ice rink in Place Guillaume II
Photo: Luxembourg Police
Questions have been raised about safety standards at the Luxembourg City Christmas market after a child died following the collapse of an ice sculpture.
According to police, the child was standing near the rink in Place Guillaume II on Sunday afternoon when part of an ice sculpture, made for people to take photos of themselves inside, fell.
The child suffered serious injuries and died in an ambulance before ot could reach the hospital. RTL reported that according to police information the victim was two years old.
First alderman Serge Wilmes (CSV), city councilor Patrick Goldschmidt (DP) and director of the Luxembourg City Tourist Office Tom Bellion were at the site immediately after the incident.
The City of Luxembourg issued a statement on Monday saying that all its Christmas markets and events would be closed on Monday out of respect.
“Knowing that no words or actions can alleviate the pain felt by the victim's family and loved ones in the face of this horrible tragedy, the college of aldermen extends its deepest condolences and compassion to them,” it said.
A joint press conference by the City of Luxembourg and the LCTO is scheduled for 6pm on Monday evening at the town hall.
Following the incident on Sunday, police established a safety perimeter around the accident zone. An investigation is underway to examine the causes. Police are calling for witness to contact them by calling 24 440 45 00 or 113.
Prime minister Xavier Bettel (DP) tweeted on Monday morning, expressing his condolences to the family.