Italian Police at Cable Car Crash Site Photo:

Italian cable car falls on ground, kills 13, injures 2 children ─Officials

*Authorities disclose the cable line was renovated 2016 and had only recently reopened after the disruptive Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns forced the closures of ski lifts across in the country

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Renovated in 2016 and only recently reopened after Coronavirus lockdowns, a mountaintop cable car has plunged to the ground in northern Italy, killing at 13 people and sending two children to the hospital

Authorities said a photo of the wreckage taken by Italy’s fire squad from the incident which occurred Sunday, May 23, 2021, showed the crushed and crumpled remains of the cable car in a clearing of a thick patch of pine trees near the summit of the Mottarone peak overlooking Lake Maggiore, says agency report.

Walter Milan, Spokesman for the Alpine rescue service in the country was quoted to have said that at the location, the cables of the ski lift were particularly high off the ground.

However, the cause of the accident has not been determined, according to report.

Milan noted that the cable line had been renovated in 2016 and had only recently reopened after the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdowns forced the closures of ski lifts across Italy.

It was gathered that Mottarone reaches a height of 1,491 meters (4,900 feet) and overlooks the picturesque lake and the surrounding Alps of Italy’s Piedmont region.

The mountain features a small amusement park, Alpyland that has a children’s rollercoaster offering 360-degree views of the scenery.

Many Italian ski areas feature mountain bike paths and hiking trails that are popular in spring and summer.

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