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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

American Hit in Eye by Icicle

An American citizen was hit in the eye by an icicle near Barrikadnaya metro station, Komsomolskaya Pravda reported Tuesday.

A 48-year-old man was hit after an icicle fell from Novinsky Passazh shopping and business center. He was taken to hospital and his sight is not in danger, the paper reported. The U.S. embassy said it knew nothing of the incident.

Falling icicles kill or seriously injure dozens of people each year in Moscow and other Russian cities.

A 71-year-old woman was hospitalized on Saturday after a chunk of ice fell on her on Ulitsa Povarskaya.

Falling icicles are just one of the symptoms of the cold snap that has hit Moscow. The number of daily car accidents has increased by one-quarter, to 2,000 per day, Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Sergei Vlasov said, Noviye Izvestia reported, adding that ice on roads and sidewalks is expected to cause a number of falls.

If your shoes do not have grip, Vlasov recommended sticking band-aids or sandpaper on the soles, the paper reported.

Temperatures have not been below zero for long enough yet to allow for ice fishing. Emergency service officials have already had to pull out one fisherman who thought that the ice on a Moscow waterway was thick enough to hold him, Noviye Izvestia reported.