At least 12 dead in cable auto accident in Italy

Henrietta Strickland
May 25, 2021

At least eight people have died after a cable auto connecting Italy's Lake Maggiore with a mountain close by plunged to the ground on Sunday, Italian news agency ANSA reported.

The accident occurred on a service transporting passengers from the resort town of Stresa up the nearby Mottarone mountain in the region of Piedmont. "Two helicopter ambulances intervened", the national alpine rescue service said on Twitter. The cause hasn't been determined.

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

Sunday was a attractive, sunny day in the area, and Milan hypothesized that families were taking advantage of the weather to enjoy a day in nature after months of lockdown.

Mottarone reaches a height of 1,491 meters and overlooks the picturesque lake and the surrounding Alps of Italy's Piedmont region.

The accident happened as the cable auto was traveling up the mountain, with the cabin dropping some 20 meters (66 feet) and rolling several times down the steep slopes before it was stopped by trees, Severino said.

A call came just after midday, Italy's alpine rescue service said, adding that the cable vehicle was "crumpled" in the woods and two children had been taken by helicopter to a pediatric hospital in the nearby city of Turin.

Cable auto that crashed to the ground in the resort town of Stresa in Italy. The two children were in a serious condition and were taken to a Turin hospital.

The mountain features a small amusement park, Alpyland, that has a children's roller coaster offering 360-degree views of the scenery. In 2018, the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed after years of neglect, killing 43 people.

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