(ITALY) JUST IN: At least 14-people, including at least one child, have been killed and another child is seriously injured after a cable car fell on a mountain near Lake Maggiore on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – May.24: The accident happened on a service transporting passengers from the resort town of Stresa up the nearby Mottarone mountain in the region of Piedmont.

ITALY: ‘Cable car falls leaving at least 14 dead after accident near Lake Maggiore and most of the victims died at the crash site, with the death toll steadily rising on Sunday afternoon as the wreckage was searched’ according Sky News

Some of the victims were thrown from the car and found among the trees. Pic: AP

11 hours ago: First pictures have emerged after the cable car fell on a mountain in northern Italy

The cable car promises a view of seven lakes from the top. Pic: National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps

Five Israeli nationals were among the dead, Israel’s foreign ministry says.

Images from the scene show the wreckage lying in a steep wooded area.

Officials said two survivors, children aged about five and nine, were airlifted to a hospital in Turin but the older child later died. 

The younger child – who is also an Israeli national – underwent surgery and is in a critical condition.

“We are devastated,” Marcella Severino, mayor of Stresa, told broadcaster RAI.

How did the crash happen?

It reportedly happened at about 12:30 local time (10:30 GMT) on Sunday.

The cause of the incident remains unclear, but local reports suggest the cable may have failed about 300m (984ft) from the top of the mountain.

The cabin fell about 20m to the ground and rolled over down the slope before being stopped by trees, Mayor Severino said.

Nearby hikers heard a loud hiss before the accident, she added.

Walter Milan, an alpine rescue spokesman, told television network RaiNews24 that the cable car was left “crumpled”.

The cable car was left mangled on the side of the mountain. Pic: National Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps

@emergenzavvfEmergency services shared an image of the deadly crash on Sunday

Handout Via ReutersPolice were among emergency service rescuers working at the scene

Rescuers faced a crash site on steep and difficult terrain. A fire service vehicle overturned while responding but no-one was injured. 

Stresa’s mayor said victims had been found both inside and outside the wreckage of the cable car.

Luisa Tesserin, a 27-year-old student from Genoa, told the AFP news agency that she and friends had been on the service about an hour before the crash happened.

“When we got on, the cable car didn’t give any strange signals, everything was fine. When they told us the news, we were shocked,” Ms Tesserin said.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi described the crash as a “tragic accident” and said he was receiving updates from local and national officials.

“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. 

Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini has announced an inquiry into the incident with a local prosecutor’s office also opening an investigation. 

EU Council President Charles Michel offered his condolences to the victims’ loved ones in a tweet written in Italian, adding that “Europe is in mourning with you”.

What do we know about the cable car?

The website for the Stresa-Alpine-Mottarone service said it usually takes 20 minutes to transport passengers 1,491m above sea level.

The cable car originally opened in 1970 and was closed for maintenance between 2014 and 2016.

Mottarone is situated between Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta, offering scenic views of the region for tourists.

Each cable car can usually hold about 40 passengers. The service had recently reopened following the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

BBC News/ Sky News/

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: May.24: 2021:

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