An Italian protesting plans for a high-speed rail link between Italy and France is in an induced coma after sustaining serious injuries when he climbed an electric pylon during a demonstration.
Luca Abbà received a major shock and then more injuries when he fell 10 metres to the ground.
Just moments before the accident he was speaking live to a local radio station. He said he was being chased by police. He could then be heard shouting he would hang from the electric cable if they continued to pursue him.
The so-called “Tav” project would link Lyon to Turin by a tunnel under the Alps in a 20 billion-euro project cutting rail times enormously.
Residents on the Italian side fiercly oppose the plans which they say will damage the natural environment and are costly and unnecessary.
Abbà is one of many Italians to have had their land expropriated to make way for the tunnel entrance in the picturesque Susa valley.