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14 dead after accident near Lake Maggiore

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Cary Erickson | 25 May, 2021, 19:57

A cable vehicle taking visitors to a mountaintop view of some of northern Italy's most picturesque lakes plummeted to the ground today and then tumbled down the slope, killing 14 people.

The death toll from the Mottarone cable auto accident in Italy's northern region of Piedmont on Sunday has risen to 12, said local rescue services.

"I express the condolences of the whole Government to the families of the victims, with a special thought for the seriously injured children and their families", he said in a statement.

Firefighters and Alpine rescuers rushed to the scene of the accident, but operations were complicated as the cable auto fell in a wooded area where a steep slope made access hard.

The cable vehicle was travelling up the mountain when the cabin fell some 20 metres to the ground and rolled several times down the steep slopes before it was stopped by trees, Mr Severino said.

A cable auto taking visitors to a mountaintop view of some of northern Italy's most picturesque lakes plunged to the ground.

Milan said that the cable vehicle had fallen from a very high point and was now "crumpled" in the woods below.

This is a developing story.

Authorities said that 15 people were on the cable vehicle at the time of the crash, including two kids.

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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.