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British teens, German family questioned over ski-lift brawl

BERLIN — Austrian police say they have questioned a group of British teenagers and two Germans over a brawl outside a ski lift that left three people injured.

Police say the incident happened Thursday morning following a verbal dispute between the skiers over who could get into the Gruenwaldkopfbahn gondola first.

In a statement late Thursday, Salzburg police said a 51-year-old German, his 16-year-old son and the group of seven British students aged 15-16 began beating each other with fists and ski poles as they exited the lift.

The brawl ended after a ski instructor and one of the students' chaperones intervened. Police said the 16-year-old German suffered a broken arm in the incident.

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