Cable Car Disaster In Italy Kills 14 : NPR

An aerial tram car fell to the ground in northern Italy on Sunday, killing 14 people and leaving a child in the hospital. The cable line appeared to be broken, but the cause has not yet been determined. Italian police hide caption via AP / AP

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An aerial tram car fell to the ground in northern Italy on Sunday, killing 14 people and leaving a child in the hospital. The cable line appeared to be broken, but the cause has not yet been determined.

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A cable car carrying passengers up Mount Mottarone in northern Italy crashed Sunday, killing 14 people and leaving a surviving child with broken bones.

A cable pulling the aerial tram to the top of the mountain appeared to be cracked, causing the car to swing into a pylon before falling to the ground and rolling several times before hitting a tree line that eventually made the car stopped. 14 people died in the disaster, some of whom were thrown from the car. The Associated Press reported. Two children were taken to a hospital where one later died.

The cable car is one popular attraction in the picturesque Italian town of Stresa, just over 80 km northwest of Milan on the shores of Lake Maggiore. It carries passengers to the summit of Mottarone, nearly 5,000 feet high.

The cable car reportedly fell about 50 feet to the ground shortly before the summit. One photo shows the tram crumpled up at the edge of the tree line with the lake behind. “It was a terrible, terrible scene,” said Stresa Mayor Marcella Severino.

Walter Milan, spokesman for the Italian rescue service for the Alps, said the cable line was renovated in 2016 and the attraction had just reopened after closings during the coronavirus lockdown, the AP reported.

The Italian government said an investigation is being carried out. Italian Transport Minister Enrico Giovannini said he had requested information about inspections and maintenance work on the air runway.

The cause of the accident has yet to be determined, but the disaster could raise questions about Italy’s transport infrastructure, the AP noted. A bridge in Genoa collapsed in 2018. Killing 43 people. In 2009 a gas train came off the tracks near Lucca, exploding, killing 32.

Sunday’s tragedy appears to be the worst cable car accident since a low-flying American military jet hit a ski lift cable in the Dolomites in 1998. The plane cut through the line, killing 20 people, the AP said.

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