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Inebriated Canadian tourist killed by tram at Oktoberfest: police

Visitors enjoy a sunny day at the famous Bavarian "Oktoberfest" beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7, 2012 will see some million visitors. \

Matthias Schrader/AP

A Canadian visitor to the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich died at the weekend after he was knocked down by a tram while in a drunken state, police said on Monday.

The 26-year-old, who was not named, was trying to cross the tram line at approximately 7:15 pm (1515 GMT) on Saturday between two cars stuck in a traffic jam while "in a drunken state," authorities said in a statement.

He failed to notice the tram approaching from his left and was hit head-on.

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"He was taken to hospital and attempts were made to resuscitate him on the way but he died a short time later," the police said.

Every year, around seven million people from all over the world come to the southern German city of Munich for a 16-day party, during which roughly the same number of "Mass" (litre-sized glasses) of beer are consumed.

At the half-way stage this year, some 3.6 million people have visited the Oktoberfest, with the same volume of litres of beer downed, city authorities said at the weekend.

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