At least 14 dead after Italian cable car falls into mountainside
MOTTARONE, Italy / CNN — At least 14 people were killed in a cable car accident in Northern Italy on Sunday, officials said.
A spokesperson for the National Alpine Speleological Rescue Corps, which is leading the rescue operation, said a cable snapped Sunday morning when a group was riding in a Stresa-Mottarone cable car from the Lido di Stresa piazza on Lake Maggiore to the nearby Mottarone mountain in the Piedmont region.
The car was on a 20-minute voyage up 4,891 feet to the top of the mountain, when a cable snapped Sunday morning about 984 feet from the top of the mountain, according to Italian news agency ANSA. The car crashed into a wooded area with no direct road access.
Helicopters lowered alpine rescuers to the crash site and lifted out the victims.
Authorities said that 15 people were on the cable car at the time of the crash, including two kids.
“One of the two children transported by helicopter to Turin hospital didn’t make it,” the National Alpine Speleological Rescue Corps tweeted Sunday evening local time. The other child remains in a critical condition.
A photograph of the crash site, posted by Italy’s national fire brigade, shows first responders surrounding the mangled cable car near broken trees and severed cables. A spokesperson for the fire brigade said the death toll could rise.
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