Czech cable car crash: One dead as carriage flies off and smashes into mountainside

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One person is dead after a Czech cable car detached itself and rammed into a mountainside.

Several people were reportedly injured in the crash of the cable car in Liberec in the north of the Czech Republic.

The cable car covers 1,000 meters in two cabins, each operated by one employee.

Spokesman Michael Georgiev told Czech television: “A cabin crashed on the way down. There was a person in it who unfortunately succumbed to her injuries.

“Fortunately, the other cabin stayed in its normal place, about 15 people were evacuated, they should be without injuries, only suffered a psychological shock.”

Pictures from the crime scene show the cable car smashed on the ground with rescue services working in the area.

Rescue services around the crashed cable car
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Maintenance work is to be carried out on the cable car on Monday.

The tragedy occurs just months after a cable car on Lake Maggiore in Italy fell 500 meters down a mountain, killing 14 people.

The cable car was carrying passengers between Stresa on Lake Maggiore and Mount Mottarone in the Italian Alps when it crashed in a panoramic ride that would have taken no more than 20 minutes.

Maintenance work is to be carried out on the cable car on Monday
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The cable car was approaching a station on 4,900 feet high Mottarone Mountain when it collapsed on May 23.

Stresa Mayor Marcella Severino said the accident was believed to have been caused by a broken cable, although the cause is still being investigated.

Ms. Severino, the mayor of Stresa, told RAI that hikers heard a loud hissing hiss shortly after noon before the crash.

A rescue operation on the mountainside in Liberec, Czech Republic
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Some of the victims were found trapped in the car and others were thrown into the woods, she added.

The cable car was only put back into operation a month ago after the country’s Covid lockdown.

Officials said the cable car system, which first opened in August 1970, has been checked regularly, with the last being in November last year.

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