Thirteen individuals died and two kids had been significantly injured Sunday when a cable automobile slammed into the aspect of a mountain in northern Italy, emergency providers mentioned.
The toll may rise farther from the accident in Stresa, a resort city on the shores of Lake Maggiore in Italy’s Piedmont area, the Alpine rescue service mentioned on Twitter.
A spokesman mentioned two kids aged 9 and 5 had been significantly injured and brought by helicopter to a paediatric hospital in Turin.
A press release by Prime Minister Mario Draghi expressed his “profound grief” and supplied his condolences to the sufferer’s households.
The 20-minute cable automobile trip, well-liked with vacationers, hyperlinks Stresa with the 1,500-metre (4,900-foot) summit of the Mottarone mountain, and presents spectacular views of the Alps.
The ministry of infrastructure mentioned in a press release that the accident occurred round 12:30 pm (1030 GMT) because the cabin, with 11 individuals aboard, was about 100 metres (yards) from the summit.
The ministry mentioned the accident appeared to have been brought on by a ruptured cable close to the highest of the route.
Regional president Alberto Cirio mentioned he was “devastated” at what he termed “an enormous tragedy which takes our breath away.”
Giovanni Toti, president of the neighbouring area of Liguria, famous that the tragedy had occurred simply as Italy was rising from months of Covid-related restrictions. Sunday, he mentioned, was purported to have been “a day of re-opening rich in hope.”
European Council President Charles Michel supplied a tweet in Italian expressing his “most sincere condolences to the families and friends who have lost a loved one in this tragic accident.”
Fire service photographs confirmed particles from the white and purple cabin in a steep wooded space the place entry appeared troublesome.
The cable automobile was closed between 2014 and 2016 for upkeep work.
Europe has seen numerous comparable cable automobile accidents over the previous 50 years.
Nine German skiers had been killed on September 5, 2005, when an 800 kilo (1,760 lb) concrete block fell from a helicopter transporting it close to the favored Austrian Tyrol resort of Soelden onto a cable carrying their cabin.
In February 1998, a low-flying US army jet severed a cable at Cavalese, a ski resort in Italy’s Dolomites, killing 20 individuals.
Cavalese was additionally the scene of a 1976 catastrophe when a metal supporting cable broke, killing 42 individuals.
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