The wreckage of a cable auto is seen on the ground after it collapsed near the summit of the Stresa-Mottarone line in the Piedmont region, northern Italy.
Late previous year, inspections were performed on the cables themselves, including magnetic inspections on the primary cables of the lift: the cable that pulls the cabin up the mountain, the support cable that holds the vehicle, and the rescue cables. Some passengers were stuck inside the cabin while others were thrown out during the crash. The five-year-old was conscious upon arrival and was undergoing surgery for multiple fractures, the hospital said.
"They heard a loud bang and saw the cable auto just before the summit and then it accelerated backwards, struck a support pillar and fell".
The five-year-old boy, whose parents, grandparents and two-year-old sibling were killed in Sunday's accident, remained in hospital.
Europe has seen a number of similar cable vehicle accidents over the past 50 years.
The mayor declared a day of mourning for Stresa, which like tourist destinations around the country had suffered from COVID-19 lockdowns that not only slashed foreign tourism but cut local day-trip visits by Italians.
It only recently began operating after a hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The line is popular with tourists and locals alike to scale Mottarone, which reaches a height of 1,491 metres and overlooks several picturesque lakes and the surrounding Alps of Italy's Piedmont region.