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Priest drives SUV into canal

Careens off car and ends up in water

11 February, 16:07
Priest drives SUV into canal (ANSA) - Ravenna, February 11 - A northern Italian parish priest drove his SUV into a canal after side-swiping a car at high speed, police said Tuesday.

Father Giovanni Desio was pulled out of his BMW X1 by three residents of Casalborsetti, a coastal town south of Ravenna.

Eye witnesses said the SUV smashed through the canal's railing and nestled on a boat's guy ropes before sinking into the water.

The three men smashed the windscreen to get the cleric out.

He is not in a serious condition.