At least 14 killed when cable car plummets off mountain

First published on May 23, 2021 / 4:59 PM still can’t visit home

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The plunge on the the Stresa-Mottarone line happened about 100 meters (yards) before the final pylon, said Walter Milan, spokesman for Italy’s Alpine rescue service.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. Six of the dead were Israeli citizens, including a family of four who lived in Italy, the Israeli foreign ministry said. Poorly maintained axels of the train were blamed.President Sergio Mattarella, in offering his condolences, called for the “rigorous respect of all security norms” in transportation. military jet cut through the cable of a ski lift in Cavalese, in the Dolomites, killing 20 people.Italy’s transport minister, Enrico Giovannini, announced a commission to look into the tragedy and said he had already requested data on the maintenance work and inspections done on the line in the past. The lone survivor, a young child, was hospitalized in serious condition with broken bones, authorities said. The car was believed to have fallen around 15 meters (50 feet), according to Italian media. The other young child, who arrived at the hospital conscious, remained in serious condition, authorities said.Milan noted that the cable line had been renovated in 2016 and had only recently reopened after coronavirus lockdowns in Italy curtailed travel and forced the suspension of many leisure activities. In this handout photo provided by the Piedmont Regional Helicopter Rescue Service, emergency workers surround the wreckage of a cable car that fell from the Stresa-Alpine-Mottarone line on May 23, 2021 in Stresa, Italy. 

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“It was a terrible, terrible scene,” Severino told Italy’s SkyTG24. At least 14 killed when cable car plummets off mountain in Italy

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A cable car taking visitors to a mountaintop view of some of northern Italy’s most picturesque lakes plummeted to the ground Sunday and then tumbled down the slope, killing 14 people. In 2018, the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed after years of neglect, killing 43 people.In 2009, a freight train carrying gas derailed at the Viareggio station, near Lucca, and exploded, killing 32 people. In this handout photo provided by the Italian state police, emergency workers surround the wreckage of a cable car that fell from the Stresa-Alpine-Mottarone line on May 23, 2021 in Stresa, Italy. 

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Premier Mario Draghi offered his condolences to the families of the victims “with a particular thought about the seriously injured children and their families.”Sunday’s tragedy appeared to be Italy’s worst cable car disaster since 1998 when a low-flying U.S. Trending News

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At least 14 killed when cable car plummets off mountain

Many Europeans who work in the U.S. It wasn’t clear if the other couple was related.The mayor of Stresa, where the incident occurred, said it appeared that a cable broke, sending the car careening until it hit a pylon and then fell to the ground. The child died after several attempts to restart his heart failed and “there was nothing more we could do,” said hospital spokesman Pier Paolo Berra. 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. Some of those who died were thrown from the cabin. At that point, the car overturned “two or three times before hitting some trees,” said Mayor Marcella Severino. Milan suggested many families may have flocked to the mountain on a sunny Sunday after months of restrictions.The 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. He planned to visit the site Monday.While the cause hasn’t been determined, the disaster was likely to raise questions about Italy’s transport infrastructure. The Italian government announced a commission to investigate the disaster, which is likely to renew questions about the quality and safety of Italy’s transport infrastructure.Images from the site showed the crumpled car in a clearing of a thick patch of pine trees near the summit of the Mottarone peak overlooking Lake Maggiore.