Nine people are reported to have been killed after a cable car collapsed near Lake Maggiore (or Varbano as it is known in Italian ) in northern Italy.
The cable car, which connects the resort town of Stresa and the Mottarone mountain in the Piedmont region, broke whilst transporting between the two places. According to initial reports, it had 11 people on board, according to Italian media reports.
So far it is reported that at least nine people died in the crash, according to Italy’s Alpine rescue service. The incident was reported to have been caused after a tow rope broke.
Italian cable car accident
- A tragic accident killing 9, 2 of which are children
- The car takes tourists from the town of Stresa up 1400 meters above sea level to Mottarone Mountain. The ride is supposed to take 20 minutes.
- This is a popular tourist destination for Italians and international tourists.
Lake Maggiore Verbano
Corriere Della Sera said two children had been taken to a hospital in Turin by air ambulance. The children in the hospital are aged 9 and 5, according to the Ansa news agency.
Lake Maggiore or Verbano is a large lake located on the south side of the Alps. At the Border of Switzerland and Italy. It is the second-largest lake in Italy and the largest in southern Switzerland.
The cable car fell near woods, making the rescue effort more difficult, Corriere said.
The cable car, which reopened on 24 April, reaches an altitude of 1,500 metres above sea level and is popular with skiers and hikers. It underwent renovation works in 2016, according to Corriere Newspaper.
As the world escapes the grip of the pandemic, people are travelling at a fever pitch, and that’s why the mountain was so crowded with tourists … people who were held up for more than a year … looking for some enjoyment that turned to tragedy in an instant.
After six months of rotating on-again, off-again closures, restaurants, bars, museums and cinemas opened to the public in most of the country under a gradual reopening plan that is seen as too cautious for some, too hasty for others.
…………………………………….Leave a comment