Eight dead and multiple injured in cable car tragedy in Italy

Eight people died after a cable car fell to the ground on a mountain peak in northern Italy.

According to the Italian Alpine Rescue Service, three more people were hospitalized after the “serious accident” with the Stresa-Mottarone cable car.

Two helicopters helped rescue teams get people from the scene of the tragedy in the Italian Alps to the hospital.

The national alpine rescue service tweeted: “Serious accident with the Stresa-Mottarone cable car. Alpine rescue and other rescue teams on site. Two helicopter ambulances have intervened.”

The Stresa Mottarone cable car connects Lake Maggiore with the top of Mottarone Mountain, which is around 1,400 meters above sea level. It is a popular tourist attraction in the city of Stresa.

Local news outlets report that the cable car was carrying 11 people, including two children, when something went catastrophically wrong. Helicopters took the dead and injured to a hospital in the northern city of Turin.

According to the Corriere Della Serra newspaper, two children were taken to a hospital in Turin by ambulance.

The newspaper also said rescue efforts were made more difficult by the fact that the cabin fell into a forest in an inaccessible area. Alpine rescue service spokesman Walter Milan said the cable car fell near the summit of the Stresa-Mottarone line in the Piedmont region and very high above the ground.

Mr Milan added that the cable line was renovated in 2016 and only recently reopened after the coronavirus lockdown forced the closure of ski lifts across Italy.

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