At least eight people have died and two are seriously injured after a cable vehicle connecting Italy's Maggiore lake with a mountain close by plunged on Sunday, the national alpine rescue service said.
The accident happened on a service that takes passengers from the resort town Stresa, up Mottarone mountain, in the Piedmont region. The site says the cable auto is an "integral part" of tourism in the area, which is 75 minutes by vehicle from Milan.
Alpine rescue, and other rescue teams on site.More news: Covid-19: Nationwide cumulative vaccination coverage exceeds 19 crore
"The provisional toll is eight dead and two injured" who were rushed to a pediatric hospital in the city of Turin, emergency services spokesman Walter Milan told AFP.
Milan said the cable line was refurbished in 2016 and just recently reopened after the blockade of the coronavirus closed ski lifts across Italy.
The wreckage of a cable vehicle is seen on the ground after it collapsed near the summit of the Stresa-Mottarone line in the Piedmont region, northern Italy. Another injured person, an adult, had been also been taken to hospital by helicopter, she added.More news: Palestinians Killed, Over 100 Hurt in West Bank Unrest
Mottarone reaches a height of 1,491m (4,900ft) and overlooks the picturesque lake and the surrounding Alps of Italy's Piedmont region. The mountain has a small amusement park, Alpyland, and a children's roller coaster with 360-degree views.
The 20-minute cable auto ride, popular with tourists, links Stresa with the 1,500-metre (4,900-foot) summit of the Mottarone mountain, and offers spectacular views of the Alps.
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It appeared to be Italy's worst cable vehicle disaster since 1998 when a low-flying United States military jet cut through the cable of a ski lift in Cavalese, in the Dolomites, killing 20 people. In 2018, the Morandi bridge in Genoa collapsed after years of neglect, killing 43 people.