Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Accidents in Italy’s cable car killed 14

At least 14 people, including two children, were killed in northern Italy on Sunday when a cable car popular with tourists fell 20 meters to the ground.

A two-year-old child died instantly, and one nine-year-old died in hospital after suffering two cardiac arrests.

Another child, a five-year-old, was seriously injured but conscious and talking. He is being treated at the Regina Margherita Children’s Hospital in Turin.

Some passengers got stuck inside the cabin while others were thrown out during the accident.

About half of the passengers were foreign nationals, Italian authorities said. The Italian ANSA news agency published the names of the victims.

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The Stresa-Mottarone cable car travels from the resort of Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore to the top of Mount Mottarone in the Piedmont region of Italy. The journey takes about 20 minutes.

Images of the scene showed a curved cable car on a slope overlooking the lake.

Stresa Mayor Marcella Severino called it a “horrific, horrific scene” and said the crash may have been caused by a broken cable and that the emergency brake failed.

Severino said the car overturned two or three times after crashing to the ground before being stopped by some trees. Some passengers got stuck inside the cabin while others were thrown out during the accident.

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi expressed his condolences to the victims “with a specific thought on the seriously injured children and their families”.

The Italian government announced later Sunday that it would begin investigating the crash.

The Stresa-Mottarone cable car was closed for repairs between 2014 and 2016. He only recently started working after an interruption due to the coronavirus pandemic. The cable car can usually carry about 40 passengers.

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