Cable car crash in Italy kills at least 13
The death toll rises to 13, with two children in serious condition, in a cable car accident near Lake Maggiore.
At least 13 people have died after a cable car fell near Lake Maggiore in Italy on Sunday, emergency officials said.
Two children, aged nine and five, were airlifted from the crash site – an inaccessible wooded area – to intensive care at a Turin hospital.
The accident happened around noon on May 23 as the cable car was carrying at least 15 people from Stresa station to the nearby mountain of Mottarone on the Piedmont side of Lake Maggiore.
Reuters reports that the cable car fell from a height of 20 meters before rolling several times.
An Alpine Rescue Service spokesperson told RAI News24 that the cable car was left “crumpled” by the impact of the fall about 300 meters from the mountain station.The accident occurred on the highest part of the route which reached an altitude of 1,491 meters and whose journey took about 20 minutes, according to the ANSA news agency.
Italian President Sergio Mattarella issued a statement saying that “all of Italy” has joined the families and communities affected by “the tragic accident”.
Prime Minister Mario Draghi expressed his condolences on behalf of the government “to the families of the victims, with a special thought for the seriously injured children and their families”.
Cable car service had recently reopened following the lifting of covid-19 restrictions last month. The cause of the accident remains uncertain.