"I express the condolences on behalf of the whole government to the families of the victims, with a special thought for the children who were seriously injured and their families", the statement read.
At least 14 people, including five Israelis, died and a child was seriously injured on Sunday when a cable vehicle linking Italy's Lake Maggiore with a nearby mountain plunged to the ground, officials and rescuers said.
People hiking on the mountain heard a loud hiss just before the crash, she said, adding that it was believed to have been caused by one of the cables breaking.
The accident happened as the cable vehicle was traveling up the mountain, with the cabin dropping some 20 metres and rolling several times down the steep slopes before it was stopped by trees, Severino said.More news: Video shows Ronald Greene ordered facedown in deadly Louisiana arrest
Severino said that some of the victims had been found trapped inside the auto, with others thrown into the woods.
At that location, about 100 meters (yards) before the final pilon, the cables of the lift were particularly high off the ground, said Walter Milan, spokesman for the Alpine rescue service. Some of those who died were thrown from the cabin.
The younger child, estimated to be 5 years old, was conscious on arrival and was undergoing surgery to stabilise multiple fractures, La Valle said.
"It is a very serious accident", said Mr Milan.More news: Gunshot kills boy in Southern California road-rage attack
It only reopened a few weeks ago after Italy's wintertime coronavirus lockdowns lifted, and officials hypothesized that families were taking advantage of a sunny Sunday to visit the peak and take in the view.
"It was a awful, bad scene", Marcella Severino, Stresa's mayor, told Italy's SkyTG24.
The funicular line is popular with tourists and locals alike to scale Mottarone, which reaches a height of 1,491 meters (4,900 feet) and overlooks several picturesque lakes and the surrounding Alps of Italy's Piedmont region. The dual cable system is split into two sections, just over a mile between Stresa and Alpino and another three kilometres between Alpino and Mottarone, it added.
Authorities believe there were 15 passengers riding on the cable vehicle at the time of the crash, with officials earlier saying two children were among those who initially survived with injuries. Extraordinary maintenance works were being carried out on the structures from 2014 to 2016. She said the cabin reeled back down the line until it apparently hit a pylon and then plummeted to the ground.More news: Covid vaccines don't damage placenta, may be safe in pregnancy