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At least 13 people have died in a cable car accident in Italy - VG

At least 13 people have died in a cable car accident in Italy – VG

The death toll continues to rise after a cable car fell to the ground in northern Piedmont, Italy, on Sunday morning. Two children should be sent to hospital with severe injuries.

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It is with great sadness that I received the news of the tragic accident. I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and give a special reflection to the seriously injured children and their families, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said in a statement Thursday. Twitter.

The Italian newspaper reported that at least 13 people died after the cable car accident The Republic. Two children were seriously injured in the accident and were taken to the Regina Margarita Hospital in Turin.

“This is a terrible tragedy,” said Enrico Giovanini, Italy’s Minister of Infrastructure and Sustainable Mobility. Sky News.

We are trying to understand what happened, but this is really a terrible tragedy.

The accident happened on the famous tourist cable car, Stresa Muttarone, and photos from the accident site show the wreck of the cable car, which is located on a steep slope.

It fell from a height of 20 meters

On a Sunday afternoon, several media outlets, including La Repubblica, reported that the number of people on board was 15. Earlier on Sunday, rescue crews first reported that there were 11 people on board the cable car.

The carriage was on its way to the top of Mataroni.

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The car fell 20 meters before hitting the ground and rolled several times on a slope before stopping, Reuters reported on Sunday afternoon.

In a TV interview with the Italian RAI news channel, Stresa Marcella Severino said that mountain hikers heard a hissing sound before the car hit the ground, he said. Reuters.

The cable car takes tourists and locals from the town of Stresa, 1,400 meters above sea level, to the summit of the Mutaroni Mountains within 20 minutes, according to Reuters.

The cable car was upgraded in 2016 and reopened on April 24 after being closed to Corona since February of last year.

The cause of the accident is currently unknown.