Italian cable automotive crash kills no less than 13, injures three By Reuters

4/4 © Reuters. Police and rescue service members are seen close to the crashed cable automotive after it collapsed in Stresa, close to Lake Maggiore, Italy Might 23, 2021. ITALIAN POLICE/Handout through REUTERS 2/4 By Giulia Segreti ROME (Reuters) -No less than 13 individuals died and three have been critically injured on Sunday when a


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© Reuters. Police and rescue service members are seen close to the crashed cable automotive after it collapsed in Stresa, close to Lake Maggiore, Italy Might 23, 2021. ITALIAN POLICE/Handout through REUTERS

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By Giulia Segreti

ROME (Reuters) -No less than 13 individuals died and three have been critically injured on Sunday when a cable automotive linking Italy’s Lake Maggiore with a close-by mountain within the Alps plunged 20 metres to the bottom, native officers and rescuers mentioned.

The Stresa-Mottarone cable automotive takes vacationers and locals from the city on Lake Maggiore, nearly 1,400 metres above sea degree to the highest of the Mottarone mountain in 20 minutes.

“We’re devastated, in ache,” Marcella Severino, Stresa’s mayor informed nationwide broadcaster RAI, whereas Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi voiced his condolences to the households of the victims, “with a particular thought” for the injured youngsters.

The accident occurred because the cable automotive was travelling up the mountain, with the cabin dropping some 20 metres and rolling a number of instances down the steep slopes earlier than it was stopped by bushes, Severino mentioned.

Folks mountain climbing on the mountain heard a loud hiss simply earlier than the crash, she mentioned, including that it was believed to have been brought on by one of many cables breaking.

A name got here simply after noon (1000 GMT), Italy’s alpine rescue service mentioned, including that the cable automotive was “crumpled” within the woods and two youngsters had been taken by helicopter to a paediatric hospital within the close by metropolis of Turin.

Severino informed SKY tv that among the victims had been discovered trapped contained in the automotive, with others thrown out into the woods. One other injured particular person, an grownup, had been additionally been taken to hospital by helicopter, she added.

Coroners had began figuring out the victims, who included overseas nationals, she mentioned, with out giving additional particulars.

Luca Cari, a fireplace brigade spokesman, mentioned it was nonetheless not clear how many individuals have been within the cable automotive.

“Our groups are nonetheless pulling our bodies out,” Cari added.

‘HARD TO BELIEVE’

The Stresa-Mottarone carry had solely lately re-opened following the gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

The Mottarone peak is standard amongst vacationers due to its panoramic views on Lake Maggiore and its picturesque islands in addition to the vista of the encircling Alps.

The cable automotive service first opened in August 1970 after nearly three years of works to exchange a cog railway, its web site mentioned.

The twin cable system is cut up into two sections, simply over two kilometres between Stresa and Alpino and one other three kilometres between Alpino and Mottarone. It encompass two vehicles – in alternate instructions – with every one carrying as much as 40 passengers, it added.

Severino mentioned that vital upkeep works, together with altering the cables, had been carried out in recent times.

“All of that is onerous to consider,” she mentioned.





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