One dead in Czech cable car crash

One dead in Czech cable car crash

One person has died after a cable car became detached and plunged to the ground in the Czech Republic.

The victim in Sunday’s incident, on the Jested mountain in the north of the country, is believed to be a guide. He was the only person in the cabin.

Fourteen people who were in a cabin travelling in the opposite direction were rescued by firefighters.

According to the police, the cabin fell at the first pillar of the cable car from a height of about thirty meters and is demolished. According to spokesman David Kořínek, Czech firefighters evacuated the crew of the second cabin from a height of 15 meters.

Cable car crash investigation

An investigation has been launched into why the cabin came loose at the popular tourist destination.

The cable route to the 1,012-metre (3,320ft) high Jested mountain near the city of Liberec uses two cabins, each operated manually by a member of staff.

Last year, more than 210,000 people used cable cars, according to the Lidove Noviny newspaper.

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