One Killed in Cable Car Crash in Czech Republic

One person died after a cable car crashed in northern Czech Republic on Oct. 31 afternoon, authorities said.

Czech Police said they received reports that a cabin on the Jested mountain, a popular tourist destination in the city of Liberec, crashed at around 1:30 p.m. local time.

The Mountain Service of the Czech Republic identified the victim as the driver of the cabin, who was the only passenger.

Authorities said 14 passengers from the second cabin traveling in the opposite direction have been evacuated.

None of the 14 passengers were injured, but some had to receive psychological aid, authorities said.

According to a local news website, Transport Minister Karel Havlíček said authorities will investigate the cause of the crash, adding that the investigation is expected to take weeks.

Police said they have already launched criminal proceedings for the offense of general negligence.

The crash was the first ever involving the oldest cable car in the country, dating back to 1933.

Czech Railways, which operates the cable car, said that it “expresses regret over the accident and expresses its deepest condolences to the bereaved.”

The incident took place before the cable car was due for a two-week maintenance starting on Nov. 1.

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