14 killed after cable auto breaks and rolls down Italian mountainside

A cable car crashed to the ground in northern Italy

A cable car crashed to the ground in northern Italy

At least twelve people have died after a mountain top cable auto fell to the ground near Lake Maggiore in northern Italy.

Late previous year, inspections were performed on the cables themselves, including magnetic inspections on the primary cables of the lift: the cable that pulls the cabin up the mountain, the support cable that holds the vehicle and the rescue cables.

It said 11 people were in the cabin that fell.

Severino said that some of the victims had been found trapped inside the vehicle, with others thrown into the woods.

The accident took place in Stresa, a resort town on the shore of Lake Maggiore in Italy's Piedmont region, the Alpine rescue service said on Twitter.

Coroners had started identifying the victims, who included foreign nationals, she said, without giving further details.

The elder of the two, who was believed to be between 9 and 10, died after suffering two cardiac arrests, the hospital said.

Italian Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini said he had "already launched the procedures to establish a commission on what happened, and the checks on the controls that were carried out in the past on the implant", while European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tweeted " Europe's condolences" for the "tragic accident".

A little boy, aged around 5, arrived conscious, but had fractured his legs and suffered trauma to his torso and abdomen, he said.

The Stresa-Mottarone lift had only recently re-opened following the gradual lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

"It was a awful, bad scene", Marcella Severino, Stresa's mayor, told Italy's SkyTG24. "Especially now that we were just beginning to restart (after the pandemic)", Severino said.

Milan said a total of 15 people were believed to be in the cable vehicle at the time, though the exact number wasn't certain.

The cable auto service was popular with tourists for its picturesque views during the 20-minute ride from the lakeside base to the roughly 1,500-meter-high mountaintop.

The dual cable system is split into two sections, just over two kilometres between Stresa and Alpino and another three kilometres between Alpino and Mottarone.

Authorities believe there were 15 passengers riding on the cable auto at the time of the crash, with officials earlier saying two children were among those who initially survived with injuries. She said the cabin reeled back down the line until it apparently hit a pylon and then plummeted to the ground.

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