Cable Car Accident in Italy Kills 14 People

A cable car in northern Italy crashed onto the ground on May 23, killing 14 people, including a nine-year-old boy.

The cable car carried 15 people on the 20-minute ride between the resort town of Stresa and the nearby Mottarone mountain in the Piedmont region when it plunged into the woods near Lake Maggiore with no direct road access, according to authorities.

The red and white cable car plunged about 20 meters to the ground, rolled down the slope several times before being stopped by trees, Mayor Marcello Severino said.

According to local media ANSA, the cable broke 300 meters from the top of the mountain, causing the accident.

“This is a terrible human tragedy, and a tragedy for the territory,” Severino told Rai News24.

“Sadly, the number of people who lost their lives today rises to 14,” the National Alpine Speleological Rescue Corps leading the rescue operation said on Twitter.

Among the victims was a nine-year-old boy who died at a hospital in Turin after several failed attempts to restart his heart, hospital spokesperson Pier Paolo Berra told news outlets.

A total of six Israeli citizens died from the accident, including a family of four who lived in Italy, according to the Israeli foreign ministry.

According to reports, the other victims were Italian and one Iranian-born man.

A five-year-old child, who is an Israeli, underwent surgery and remains in the hospital in critical condition with brain trauma and broken legs, according to the rescue service.

Infrastructure Minister Enrico Giovannini announced an investigation into the incident and that he will travel to Stresa on May 24.

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