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Portuguese Erasmus student dies in Prague hit by tram

by Ace Damon
Portuguese Erasmus student dies in Prague hit by tram

Rita Salcedas

Today at 19:19, updated at 19:28

A 21-year-old Portuguese student doing Erasmus in the Czech Republic died Thursday afternoon after being hit by a tram.

A source from the Secretary of State of the Portuguese Communities confirmed to JN the "death of a national citizen, student of Erasmus, Czech Republic", adding that the Portuguese embassy "has already spoken to the family and has offered condolences".

"The embassy will follow the transfer of the body, provide the necessary documents and provide support to the family at this difficult time, particularly in contact with the Czech entities," said the source.

According to the local newspaper that reported the accident, the road kill being investigated by the police took place near the Větrník stop on Na Petřinách boulevard in Prague. Several firefighters from a corporation based near the scene were immediately mobilized but "could no longer do anything" and the death was declared on the scene. One team was providing psychological support to the tram driver.

According to the newspaper "Observador", the young woman was born in the district of Leiria and was taking a degree in General Studies at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon. He had just started a semester at the Charles University School of Arts in the Czech capital.

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