Cable car crash in Piedmont (Italy): 13 dead – including Germans among the victims

Horror incident in the Italian resort of Stresa!

A cable car gondola crashed near Lake Maggiore (Piedmont region). According to the latest information from mountain rescue, at least 13 people were killed.

According to the newspaper “Il Corriere della Sera”, there are also Germans among the dead. The Federal Foreign Office initially did not confirm this. It is following the information, it explained.

Helicopters also flew two seriously injured children (5 and 9 years old) to the hospital in Turin. In addition, according to the authorities, another person was seriously injured.

According to media reports, the older child had to be resuscitated and is in a life-threatening condition in the intensive care unit. The other child had suffered a head trauma and broken legs, but was conscious, it said.

So far it is unclear how many people sat in the gondola. According to the German Press Agency, it is designed for up to 40 people.

According to the Italian news agency Ansa, the cabin crash was probably caused by a cable tear in the uppermost part of the route. According to “La Noteia”, the gondola is said to have plunged 80 meters into the depth.

The cabin crashed into a forest on a steep slopePhoto: Getty Images

The mayor of Stresa, Marcella Severino, is at the scene of the accident, said according to the newspaper “La Repubblica”: “Witnesses saw how the cabin moved backwards quickly and then began to lurch at the height of the pylon and was thrown down.”

The gondola also hit a power pole and “rolled over two or three times before hitting trees,” the mayor continued. Some of the dead were thrown from the cabin. Hikers nearby heard a loud hissing sound before the crash, she said.

“It was a terrible, terrible scene,” said the politician to the Italian broadcaster “SkyTG24”.

According to rescuers, the area is difficult to access and the cabin has been completely destroyed

According to rescuers, the area is difficult to access and the cabin has been completely destroyedPhoto: / AP

When the rescuers rushed to the scene of the accident, according to the Swiss newspaper “Blick”, a fire department car overturned and overturned. Reason: the rough terrain at the accident site.

Walter Milan from the alpine rescue service told the Italian broadcaster SkyTG24 that the cable car was renovated in 2016 and only recently reopened – after a long lockdown due to the corona pandemic.

Rescuers of the fire department at the wreckage of the cabin

Rescuers of the fire department at the wreckage of the cabinPhoto: / AP

According to media reports, the President of the Piedmont Region, Alberto Cirio (48), immediately set off for the disaster area. Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini (63) wants to travel to the area on Monday.

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi (73) split up Twitter with: “It was with deep sadness that I learned the news of the tragic accident of the Stresa-Mottarone cable car. I extend the condolences of the entire government to the families of the victims, with a special memory of the seriously injured children and their families. “

The cable car, popular with tourists, connects the holiday resort of Stresa on Lake Maggiore with the 1,491-meter-high mountain Mottarone, which offers a spectacular view of the Alps, in 20 minutes.


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