Cable car accident: Israel weeps for the family of little Eitan (5)


Stresa / Turin – It is a picture that tears our heart apart.

A young woman has put her face and hands on the small, white wooden coffin. She mourns the loss of little Tom (2), who died on Sunday with his parents and great-grandparents in the cable car crash in Mottarone (Italy).

Yesterday the bodies of the victims were transferred to their homeland Israel. From there, from Tel Aviv, the great-grandparents Yitzhak Cohen (81) and his wife Barbara Koninsky (71) fled from the rocket terror of Hamas. They found death on Lake Maggiore!

Only Eitan (5) survived. He fights his way back to life in the children’s hospital in Turin. Hospital Director Giovanni La Valle said yesterday: “Eitan is conscious, breathing independently. He opened his eyes and registered that someone was near him. “



Members of the Jewish community in Verbania carrying the coffin of little Tom (2) from the hospital to the transporterPhoto: Luca Bruno / AP

On Wednesday night, police arrested three men believed to be responsible for the death of Eitan’s family. Among them: Luigi Nerini (56), the director of the cable car operator “Ferrovie del Mottarone” – who has made up to half a million euros a year with the train. Operations manager Gabriele Tadini and engineer Enrico Perocchio were also arrested.


Cable car boss Luigi Nerini (56) was arrested early in the morning on Wednesday

Cable car boss Luigi Nerini (56) was arrested early in the morning on WednesdayPhoto: ROPI


On the accident cabin, the investigators found the metal fork that blocked the brake

On the accident cabin, the investigators found the metal fork that blocked the brakePhoto: Luca Bruno / AP

What are they accused of? Prosecutor Olimpia Bossi: “Photos show that the emergency braking system was apparently manipulated. A metal fork that blocked the brake was fixed there. ”

The suspicion: that was on purpose! According to the police, a problem has arisen again and again in the past month and a half: the emergency brake was triggered for an unknown reason while driving, and the cabin stopped.


Papa Amit (30), his wife Tal (26) and Tom (2) died in the accident - only Eitan (5) survived

Papa Amit (30), his wife Tal (26) and Tom (2) died in the accident – only Eitan (5) survivedPhoto: private

Prosecutor Bossi continues: “In order to eliminate these problems, the operators did not remove the metal fork. When the rope broke, the emergency braking system failed. “

The motive: greed for money! Apparently the operators did not want to forego the income in the beautiful weather on Sunday.

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