At least eight dead in Italian cable car accident - ANSA

Grant Boone
May 25, 2021

At least eight people have died and two are seriously injured after a cable vehicle connecting Italy's Maggiore lake with a mountain close by plunged on Sunday, the national alpine rescue service said.

A photo taken by The Italian Firefighters "Vigili del Fuoco" shows a cable auto that crashed to the ground in the resort town of Stresa on the shores of Lake Maggiore in the Piedmont region.

Nine German skiers were killed on September 5, 2005, when an 800 kilo (1,760 lb) concrete block fell from a helicopter transporting it near the popular Austrian Tyrol resort of Soelden onto a cable carrying their cabin.

According to officials, two children, ages five and nine, were transferred to a hospital following the accident.

The wreckage of a cable vehicle is seen on the ground after it collapsed near the summit of the Stresa-Mottarone line in the Piedmont region, northern Italy.

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A statement by Prime Minister Mario Draghi expressed his "profound grief" and offered his condolences to the victim's families.

"A prayer for the children admitted in serious condition", said Attilio Fontana, governor of the Lombardy region, the site of the collapse.

Milan said the cable line was refurbished in 2016 and just recently reopened after the blockade of the coronavirus closed ski lifts across Italy. The cable vehicle system was closed between 2014 and 2016 for maintenance work.

The dual cable system is split into two sections, just over two kilometers (6.5 feet) between Stresa and Alpino and another three kilometers (10 feet) between Alpino and Mottarone.

Severino said that important maintenance works, including changing the cables, had been carried out in recent years.

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