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Cable car crashes in tourist resort in Kashmir, killing 7

Cable car crashes in tourist resort in Kashmir, killing 7”

The gondola lift at Gulmarg claims to be the world's highest, ferrying passengers to a height of 13,450 feet (4,100 metres) for panoramic views of the snow-clad Himalayas.

Initial detials reaching The Kashmir Monitor reveal that at least five people in a cable vehicle may be dead after a windstorm uproot a tree and flung it on the cable holding the cars intact. One cabin got derailed from its pully and crashed down resulting into the tragic death of seven people.

Senior police officer Imtiyaz Hussain said that four other people were injured in the accident. It is the favorite choice for the tourists and locals visiting the Gulmarg.

Three Kashmiri tourist guides, Mukhtar Ahmad of Chonti Patri Babareshi, and Jahangir Ahmad and Farooq Ahmad Chopan, both residents of Tangmarg-were also killed in the accident, the official said.

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It is the world's second highest operating cable vehicle project with a cabin capacity of ferrying 600 people in one hour.

An official said rescue teams had gone to the site but further details were not available. The bodies of the deceased are being sent to their homes while as the injured have been shifted to hospital. "I believe up to 15 cabins are stranded", he added. "Rescue work is going on", an official of the J&K Cable Car Corporation told The Kashmir Monitor.

"If this is what happened it begs the question as to why the cable vehicle operations weren't suspended in high winds". She has also directed conducting of a high level inquiry to know of the causes or lapses, if any, that led to the accident.

As per sources, the service has been stopped and rescue operations are underway.

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