Nine tourists dies as cable car crumples in Italian mountains

Foto capture from BBC video

ROME (May 23, 2021): As many as nine tourists died and two children were seriously injured on Sunday when a cable car linking Italy’s mountain Alps plunged to the ground, news agencies reported quoting the Italian officials.

The Stresa-Mottarone cable car carries tourists and local people from the town of Stresa on Lake Maggiore, almost 1,400 metres above sea level, to the top of the Mottarone Mountain.

The cable car was carrying 11 passengers fallen from a very high point and was now “crumpled” in the woods below

The cable car cabin plunged close to the second last pillar as it was moving up the mountain, the official said.

Walter Milan, spokesman for the National Alpine Rescue Service told a TV channel that two children had been transported by helicopter to a pediatric hospital in the nearby city of Turin.

The Mottarone peak is popular among tourists because of its panoramic views on Lake Maggiore and its picturesque islands as well as the vista of the surrounding Alps.

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.