Lover dies trying to hang 10 year anniversary sign

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A romantic gesture went tragically wrong in Germany Monday when a man trying to affix a sign to a motorway bridge to mark the 10th anniversary of his relationship fell to his death, police said.

"According to preliminary investigations, the 29-year-old was trying to attach a banner with his name, a woman's name and the phrase '10 years' to the bridge," said a police representative in the western city of Cologne.

The man fell onto the road, where he was crushed by at least two vehicles, police added.

Doctors on the scene said it was likely the impact of the fall that killed him.

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