At least 14 people were killed and three others were injured when a cable car connecting Lake Maggiore to a nearby mountain fell to a depth of 20 meters in Italy.
According to Reuters Stresa – Mottarone cable car takes tourists and locals to Lake Maggiore at an altitude of 1,400 meters above sea level, to the top of the mountain in 20 minutes.
“We are in a state of disarray and distress,” Stresa Mayor Marcella Severino told the national broadcaster RAI.
On the other hand, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and issued a special message for the injured children.
“The accident happened when the cable car was going up a hill and the cabin plunged several times due to a slope after falling to a depth of 20 meters,” said Marcella Severino.
“People climbing the mountain heard loud noises before the cable car fell and the accident may have been caused by a broken cable,” he said.
Italy’s Alpine Rescue Service said the cable car crashed into a forest, injuring two children who were airlifted to a children’s hospital in the nearby town of Turin.
Marcella Severino told Sky Television that some of the victims were trapped inside the car, while others were found among the trees in the forest, while another was airlifted to hospital.
Medical officers (coroners) investigating the cause of death have begun the process of identifying the bodies, including foreigners, he said.
Fire Brigade spokesman Lukakari said it was not yet clear how many people were in the cable car.
“Our teams are still removing the bodies from the cable car,” he said.
It should be noted that Stresa – Mottarone cable car was recently reopened following a relaxation of the Coronavirus.
Mottarone peak is famous among tourists for its beautiful scenery on Lake Maggiore.