Photo shows final moments inside cable car before crash killed boy's parents

The last photo of a boy, taken before a tragic cable car accident in Italy that killed both parents, was taken when the boy woke up from a coma.

It comes when three people were arrested by Italian police during an investigation into the fatal incident.

Five-year-old Eitan Biran from Israel was the only survivor of the crash, in which 14 people were killed.

According to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the young Eitan is said to have asked: “Where is mother?” upon arrival at the hospital in Turin, Italy, before being placed into a medically induced coma.

Both his parents Amit Biran (30) and Tal Peleg-Biran (26) and Eitan’s two-year-old brother Tom are victims of the crash.

Tal’s grandparents Barbara (71) and Yitzhak Cohen (81) also died in the crash.

In a haunting final photo taken moments before the accident, Eitan can be seen from the window of the cable car in northern Italy, who is standing next to his great-grandfather shortly before the accident The sun.

The cable car went from Stresa on Lake Maggiore to Mount Mottarone in the Italian Alps.

Investigators said Monday their first investigation into the disaster would look at how the cable broke and why a safety braking mechanism failed to activate.

The cable car was approaching a station on the 400-meter-high Mottarone Mountain when it fell, rolled down the steep terrain and crashed into trees.

The cable is believed to have tragically torn as it neared its final stop in the 20-minute drive.

Italian prosecutors have started investigations into alleged involuntary manslaughter and negligence.

Prosecutor Olimpia Bossi said: “We are based on empirical evidence. The cable was sheared and the safety brake system was clearly not working.”

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Transport and Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini visited the area on Monday and said the government would also set up a commission to investigate Italy’s worst cable car disaster since 1998.

That year, 20 people died after a low-flying US fighter plane accidentally cut a support cable.

He said: “The government and all institutions are naturally eager to understand the causes and to understand what happened.”

Parents Amit Biran and Tal Peleg-Biran pose for a selfie with their son Tom (two) and Eitan (five)

The cable car underwent extensive maintenance work between 2014 and 2016. The controls were carried out by specialized technicians in 2017 and again last year.

Italian media reported that the wires should not be replaced until 2029.

The cabin could accommodate up to 40 people but was less than half full due to restrictions to prevent COVID-19 infections.

The lift station was closed for most of the winter due to the coronavirus and reopened last month.


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