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Italian cable vehicle plunges to the ground, killing at least 12

Italian cable vehicle plunges to the ground, killing at least 12”

The cable vehicle dropped near the summit of the Stresa-Mottarone line in the Piedmont region and was very high off the ground, Alpine rescue service spokesman Walter Milan said.

The accident, which occurred around 300 metres from the summit, may have been caused by a broken cable at the top of the system, the Ansa news agency said.

"It was a awful, bad scene", Ms Severino told Italy's SkyTG24.

The number of people to die from a cable auto accident in northern Italy on Sunday is now 14, officials said.

Luca Cari, a fire brigade spokesman, said it was still not clear how many people were in the cable auto. She said the cabin reeled back down the line until it apparently hit a pylon and then plummeted to the ground.

By Sunday evening, the death toll had risen to 14 dead after one of two children taken to Turin's Regina Margherita children's hospital died.

The president of the nearby Milan Jewish community, Milo Hatzbani, told Israel's Army Radio that the accident was "a great disaster".

The cable auto has been active since the 1970s and recently reopened as coronavirus measures were lifted in Italy on 24 April.

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Italy only reopened a few weeks ago, allowing travel between regions after a winter of Covid-19 restrictions.

The funicular line is popular with tourists and locals alike to scale Mottarone, which reaches a height of 1,491 meters (4,900 feet) and overlooks several picturesque lakes and the surrounding Alps of Italy's Piedmont region.

"I express the condolences on behalf of the whole government to the families of the victims, with a special thought for the children who were seriously injured and their families", the statement read.

The mountain hosts a small amusement park, Alpyland, that has a children's rollercoaster, and the area also has mountain bike paths and hiking trails.

It came down as it was making the 20-minute journey from the town on the Maggiore Lake to the summit of the Mottarone mountain in the Alps, nearly 4,500 feet above sea level.

It appeared to be Italy's worst cable vehicle disaster since 1998 when a low-flying USA military jet cut through the cable of a ski lift in Cavalese, in the Dolomites, killing 20 people.

Fire crews, including a helicopter and mountain rescue teams, are on site.

While the cause hasn't been determined, it's the latest incident to raise questions about the quality of Italy's transport infrastructure.



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